The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 30, 2013

Grapeland man arrested for drugs during traffic stop

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — A Grapeland man remained in the Anderson County on Monday for his arrest on drug and other charges late Sunday evening.

According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, Anderson County Sheriff Deputy Johnny Gorden stopped a vehicle traveling on U.S. 287 South in Elkhart at 11:19 p.m. Sunday.

“Gorden recognized the driver, 42-year-old Paul Edward Hart of Grapeland, as a person he knew to have no driver’s license,” Taylor said. “So the deputy made the stop, got the suspect out of the car handcuffed him and did a pat search.”

Gorden found a small, clear plastic baggy that field tested positive for methamphetamine. It also was confirmed that Hart had a suspended driver’s license.

Hart was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance-PG 1, less than 1 gram, with bond set at $10,000. He also was fined $367 for the Driving While License Suspended offense.

“The suspect told Gorden that the drugs were not his — that he was delivering them to a lady in Grapeland from Oakwood,” the sheriff said.

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