Officers from the Palestine Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant on Thursday that led to the arrest of a 31-year-old male who was charged with multiple drug-related offenses, including the possession of marijuana.
The warrant was carried out at approximately 6:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of North Tennessee Street.
Members of the PPD SWAT team, PPD Drug Enforcement Unit and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Region 2 K-9 Unit were involved in the investigation and subsequent search warrant, as well as officers from Criminal Investigation Division and patrol.
The early-morning raid revealed that the suspect was engaged in the manufacture and delivery of crack cocaine, as well as marijuana. Evidence confirming this was seized.
Charges against the suspect include the manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance-PG 1, 4 to 200 grams, and possession of marijuana less than 2 oz. in a drug free zone.
The manufacture and delivery charge is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and / or five to 99 years in the TDCJ. The possession of marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor, enhanced from a Class B due to the drug free zone.
"Yes, this is another great day in the city of Palestine, when we can effectively remove drugs from our streets and put those in jail who use (and) sell illegal drugs,” PPD Chief Robert Herbert said. "I thank the officers who were committed to making this a safe community to live and work."
The name of the defendant will not be released until the after the subject's arraignment at which time bond should be set in the case.
No one was injured during the execution of the warrant.