The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

October 30, 2012

Two held for drugs in separate incidents

PALESTINE — The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals last week on drug charges in separate incidents.

Jessie Zamora, 38, of Palestine, was charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group I (4 to 200 grams), two counts of assault on a public servant, evading arrest/detention, resisting arrest and a blue warrant for violation to parole after being stopped in a white 2012 Dodge Charger for a traffic violation at the corner of 84 East and Loop 256 in Palestine in the Kim’s parking lot at 2:50 p.m. Thursday.

“When Sgt. (Brian) Chason approached the driver, he was very nervous and we had information that he was possibly carrying a gun,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said Monday. “He (Chason) got him out and searched him, and while he was patting him down and trying to feel what it was, he (Zamora) tried to take off running. A struggled ensued between Sgt. Chason and the offender in the parking lot of Kim’s. The offender was able to get away from Chason and run across the highway, where Sgt. Donnie Myers and Investigator Lee Duran found him hiding behind a house. They had to use force to get him into custody from behind the house, as he was trying to hit them and struggled to get away.”

Zamora was taken to Palestine Regional Medical Center after reporting having a “hard time breathing” after the struggle, Taylor said. He was treated and released to the sheriff’s office.

The suspect was found with drugs weighing 5.1 grams that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

“We believe the individual is a known narcotics dealer in our community and it’s good to get him off the street,” Taylor said. “5.1 grams is more than the user amount. He was definitely looking to sell some narcotics.”

Zamora remained in the Anderson County Jail Monday on $37,000 in bonds and $300 in traffic violations.

Taylor gave credit to an individual from Gregg LP Gas who offered his assistance during the arrest.

On Friday, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office charged Amy Nicole Schwab, 35, of Palestine, with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance penalty group I (4 to 200 grams), three traffic fines worth $960 and driving while intoxicated.

“We got a call on Friday at 7:30 p.m. of a reckless driver coming in on (Texas) 155,” Taylor said. “Sgt. Don Myers located the vehicle and got it stopped in the 4000 block of 155.”

Driving a black Ford Fusion, Schwab was found with clear cellophane baggies weighing 8.1 grams that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

“She is definitely a local drug dealer that we have arrested numerous times,” Taylor said. “Deputy Ginger Lively assisted Myers, searched her and found the bag secreted in the back part of her waist that had these narcotics in it in clear ziplock baggies. It was packaged like it was ready to be distributed.”

The manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance penalty group I (4 to 200 grams) charge carries a $200,000 bond, set by Justice of Peace James Westley. Schwab also has a $10,000 bond for driving while intoxicated.

Schwab remained in the Anderson County Jail on Monday.

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