The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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March 22, 2014

Pair jailed for drugs at Palestine park

PALESTINE —

Two suspects remained in the Anderson County Jail Friday after their arrest for drug and related charges earlier that day at Palestine's Davey Dogwood Park.

At about 12:28 a.m. Friday, Anderson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jamie Lester was patrolling the inside of the park, located of North Link Street in Palestine, when she observed a black Chevrolet Impala with its lights off parked inside.

“As she was approaching the vehicle, Deputy Lester observed a bag being thrown from the vehicle and noted the odor of marijuana coming from the inside it,” ACSO Chief Deputy Troy Black said. “She made contact with the driver, identified as Demarcus Morrow, 23, and a passenger, identified as Cinamon Smith, 22.”

Deputy Herman Linam arrived at the scene to assist, while Lester investigated the bag that had been tossed from the vehicle.

“She found a clear plastic bag with two small bags inside of it,” Black said. “One bag contained a green leafy substance that she knew to be marijuana, and the other bag contained a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine.”

The marijuana was later found to have a total weight of 2.5 grams and the cocaine was found to have a total weight of 3.79 grams.

Both subjects were asked to exit the vehicle and were placed in custody by the deputies. During a subsequent search of their person, Linam found that Morrow had secreted a small plastic bag of marijuana in his sock.

Both subjects were transported to the Anderson County Jail without incident.

Morrow was charged with possession of marijuana, under 2 ounces (a Class B misdemeanor), $1,500 bond; tampering/fabrication of physical evidence with intent to impair (a third-degree felony), $5,000 bond; and possession of a controlled substance-PG1, 1-4 grams (a third-degree felony), $1,500 bond.

Smith was charged with possession of marijuana, under two ounces (Class B misdemeanor), $1,500 bond; tampering/fabrication of physical evidence with intent to impair (a third-degree felony), $5,000 bond; and possession of a controlled substance-PG1, 1-4 grams (a third-degree felony), $10,000 bond.

Bond was set by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Gary Thomas.

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