A 49-year-old Palestine man remained in the Anderson County Jail this morning in lieu of bonds totaling $37,500 after authorities say they found him in possession of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia Tuesday.

Travis Dow Brotherton, 49, of Palestine is being held on four charges, including possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams; possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram; tampering with evidence; and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, according to Curtis Bitz, commander of the Dogwood Trails Narcotics Task Force.

Brotherton was arrested Tuesday after Sgt. Gary Wilbanks and other officers representing the task force and the Palestine Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant at the man’s residence on FM 320, just west of Upper Lake Road inside the Palestine city limits.

Shortly before the execution of the warrant, Bitz said officers observed Brotherton depart the residence in a vehicle, traveling west on FM 320. Task force officers followed the suspect to CR 2907 where he pulled into the driveway of a residence and exited the vehicle, he added.

Officers made contact with Brotherton, advising that he was under arrest, according to Bitz. At that time, Brotherton re-entered his vehicle and drove away, ignoring the officers’ commands, he added.

Following a pursuit of slightly less than 1 mile on CR 2907, Brotherton stopped his vehicle and surrendered, the commander stated. Officers subsequently located a plastic bag containing approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine which was discarded from the vehicle during the short pursuit, according to Bitz.

At Brotherton’s residence, officers additionally located less than 1 gram of methamphetamine; a pipe commonly used to smoke drugs; scales; and a log of customers including names and amounts of drugs, according to Bitz.

“Additional suspects have been identified during this investigation and arrests of those individuals could be made within the coming weeks,” Bitz said.

This Week's Circulars