The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

May 21, 2013

Traffic stop leads to arrest

PALESTINE — A Palestine man remained in jail Monday on drug-related charges following a suspicious vehicle stop in Anderson County on Saturday.

According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, while on patrol in the early morning hours on Saturday, deputy Johnny Gorden saw a suspicious vehicle sitting on the side of U.S. 287  between Palestine and Elkhart.

“Gorden drove by the vehicle and saw them there, so he turned around,” Taylor said. “When Gorden did turn around, they sped off. He deputy stopped them at the intersection of 287 and ACR 1435 at about 2:16 a.m.”

Two female passengers in the vehicle, the sheriff said, fled the scene into a nearby wooded area.

“We conducted a search but could not find them,” Taylor said. “We have nothing to charge them with, but they were probably in possession of drugs.”

The driver, 30-year-old James Nathanial Folsom, appeared “extremely nervous and sweaty” when officers arrived on the scene, according to deputies’ reports.

Deputy Gorden and Sgt. Gabe Wallace, who arrived at the scene to assist, got permission to search the vehicle. In the door pocket on the passenger side, officers found a candy tin containing a small amount of marijuana and a small, clear baggy containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Folsom was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance - PG1 less than 1 gram, $7,500 bond; possession of marijuana - less than 2 grams, $2,500 bond; and possession of drug paraphernalia, $500 bond.

According to Taylor, due to an increase in burglaries in the county, deputies are on high alert for suspicious activity taking place — a key factor leading to Folsom’s arrest.


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