The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 17, 2013

Elkhart man jailed on drug, other charges

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — An Elkhart man remained in the Anderson County jail on Tuesday after his early-morning arrest for several drug related and others charges at a Palestine convenience store.

According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, Deputy Johnny Gorden was patrolling the area of JJ’s Fast Time, located just south of Palestine’s Loop 256 on Texas 19, when he identified the suspect, 47-year-old Brent Lane Gathright, at the location.

“He was traveling in a white Chevy Colorado pickup,” Taylor said. “Gorden knew that Gathright did not have a valid driver’s license and stopped the subject.”

Gathright exited the vehicle and was arrested for Driving With License Invalid (DWLI). During the stop, Gorden later noticed a narcotic pipe with crystal residue in the vehicle.

“The deputy did a more thorough search of the vehicle and the suspect, but found no additional evidence at the time,” Taylor reported.

Later, during a search of the suspect at the Anderson County Jail, officers found that Gathright had attempted to secret a small clear plastic baggie containing less than a gram of methamphetamine.

Gathright’s charges include Possession of a Controlled Substance-PG1, $7,500 bond; Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility, $10,000 bond; and Driving with License Invalid and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, $767 in fines.

“It is good to have our deputies out there that know the criminals and what they drive,” the sheriff said. “It not only gets drugs off the street but can get a burglar or thief off the street as well, as those involved in drugs usually are involved in other crimes.”

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