Authorities have a warrant for the arrest of a 38-year-old Palestine man after they say they discovered a significant amount of methamphetamine and marijuana in his vehicle earlier this week.

Late Wednesday afternoon, representatives of Child Protective Services and the Dogwood Trails Narcotics Task Force went to the workplace of 26-year-old Kathleen Elizabeth Miley of Palestine concerning a child custody issue and an outstanding warrant, according to Dogwood Trails Narcotics Task Force Commander Curtis Bitz.

Upon arriving at the Taco Bell restaurant at 2104 Crockett Rd. around 4 p.m. Wednesday, a CPS representative made contact with Miley who was then placed under arrest on a warrant for possession or transport of certain chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, according to Bitz.

As of early Friday afternoon, Miley, who goes by the street nickname of “Betty Crocker” because of her ability to cook methamphetamine, remained in the Anderson County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

As Miley was being placed under arrest Wednesday, authorities say Kyle Edward Palmer, 38, of Palestine, who has a child with Miley, drove into the restaurant’s parking lot in a 2000 Ford Winstar passenger van.

A CPS worker was speaking with Palmer concerning the couple’s child when the man walked away to make a telephone call, the commander said.

Palmer, who was not wanted at the time, however, quickly disappeared from the scene, “abandoning” his vehicle in the parking lot, according to Bitz.

Earlier this month, Bitz said officers with his agency had received information that Palmer was transporting methamphetamine from Dallas to Anderson County for resale.

James McDaniel, the Palestine Police Department’s K-9 officer, and canine “Tino” subsequently arrived at the location and performed an “open air search” on the exterior of Palmer’s vehicle, according to the commander.

The canine alerted to the presence of narcotics on the vehicle’s passenger side front door, Bitz said.

After obtaining a search warrant signed by Anderson County Court-at-Law Judge Jeff Doran, authorities later searched the interior of Palmer’s van, finding approximately 13.7 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine and approximately 91.1 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, according to Bitz.

Small zip lock baggies and digital scales commonly utilized in the illegal sale of narcotics, in addition to a glass pipe often used to smoke methamphetamine, also were located in the vehicle, the commander stated.

A warrant for Palmer’s arrest has been issued on the charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a second-degree felony offense, according to Bitz.

Anyone with information regarding Palmer’s whereabouts are urged to call 903-729-TIPS (8477).

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