The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

June 14, 2013

Two men jailed for drugs after warrant search of residence

ACSO, others involved in search

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Two men remained in the Anderson County jail today following the issuance of a search warrant at a county residence on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, the warrant was issued at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday by District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher for a residence on the 100 block of ACR 428, located near Westwood Elementary School.

“During our search, we found 2.4 grams of methamphetamine in various locations in the residence and arrested two suspects, Michael Lance Collins, 35, and Eric Lee Turner, 20,” Taylor said.

“There were several people there that were released from the scene,” the sheriff added. “We suspect that they were there to purchase meth, but we didn’t find any proof of that.”

Collins was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance-PG1, 1-4 grams, in a drug free zone, which is a second degree felony. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

The sheriff confirmed that Collins was previously arrested for possession in December of 2012 following an assault that led to the lockdown of the Westwood Elementary campus.

“Collins bonded out after that incident and went right back to dealing meth,” Taylor said.

Turner was arrested for three outstanding narcotics warrants — possession of a controlled substance-PG1, 4-200 grams; possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram; and tampering with evidence. His bonds total $20,000.

Turner was on the property at the time of the search, the sheriff said, so officers were able to do a criminal background check on the suspect.

ACSO Sgt. Brian Chason was the case agent, with multiple ACSO officers working at the scene. Also included in the search was the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Canine Unit and Homeland Security officers.

“There was suspected human trafficking at the scene in the form of prostitution,” Taylor said about Homeland Security’s involvement. “They did find some evidence of that there, so that investigation will continue.”

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