07-11 drugs-01

A portion of the illegal drugs recovered by the Palestine Police Department during an early-morning raid on Tuesday.

A family-run drug business was shut down Tuesday, when Palestine police raided

its Callier Street home office.

Shortly before 6 a.m., members of Palestine Police Department's special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team, criminal investigative division, and selective enforcement unit executed a narcotics search warrant on the home of Larry Joe Williams, 62, and his nephew Brandon Williams, 34.

Police found more than 50 grams of cocaine, roughly 35 grams of methamphetamine, almost 20 grams of ecstasy, and more than 10 grams of marijuana.

Altogether, the drugs have an estimated street value of more than $5,000.

“We want to send a clear message to those in Palestine that intend to continue selling their poison,” PPD Sgt. Matt Kerr told the Herald-Press Tuesday. “We will continue to seek out and arrest all drug dealers. We will keep the streets of Palestine safe for the community.”

Brandon and Larry Joe Williams were taken to the Anderson County Jail and booked on the charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, a first-degree felony. The drugs' proximity to Larry Street Park constituted a drug-free zone.

Larry Joe Williams was also booked on an outside felony warrant from another agency.

Bonds have not yet been set. If convicted, both men face up to 99 years in prison.

“I'm proud of the teamwork and efforts of these officers,” PPD Capt. Mark Harcrow told the Herald-Press. “This is a win for our community.”

Suspects are to be considered innocent until proven guilty.