Two Palestine men were arrested Monday — with one still remaining in the Anderson County jail — after an early morning traffic stop led to their arrest for traffic and drug violations.
According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, ACSO deputy Johnny Gorden attempted to make a traffic stop on a 1996 Cadillac 4-door at about 12:48 a.m. Monday in the 800 block of Court Drive in Palestine for an expired registration sticker.
“As he started to follow the vehicle, he noticed the vehicle was 'slow rolling' and the two males inside were throwing items out of both sides of the vehicle,” Taylor said. “He got the subjects stopped, and deputy Herman Linam arrived as backup and helped Gorden search for the tossed items.”
Deputies found a small baggie of marijuana and a lager bottle containing 55 grams of PCP, the sheriff reported.
The driver of the vehicle, Adrian Dwayne Gray, 24, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance-PG1, 4-200 grams; tampering/fabricating physical evidence with attempt to destroy; possession of marijuana, under 2 ounces; no driver's license; and expired registration.
His bond was set at $27,500 (plus traffic fees), and he had bonded out of jail as of about 4 p.m. Monday.
The passenger of the vehicle, Elbert Lewis Gray Jr., 26, also was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance-PG1, 4-200 grams; tampering/fabricating physical evidence with attempt to destroy; and possession of marijuana, under 2 ounces.
Gray Jr.'s bond also was set at $27,500 and he remains in jail as of Monday evening.
“We are finding more PCP in the area, which is a very dangerous drug,” Taylor said. “We will continue to make an effort to find the source of and shut down that pipeline.”