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Two Palestine residents arrested on drug-related charges at local motel

PALESTINE, August 8, 2014—Two Palestine residents are in jail on drug-related charges, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

According to Sheriff Taylor, ACSO Sheriff’s Deputies had been searching for an additional suspect in a recent counterfeit case. While patrolling through the parking lot of a local motel, Sheriff’s Deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was then seen exiting a motel room and was taken into custody.

During the course of arrest, approximately three grams of methamphetamine were found in the suspect’s pocket.

Brandon Luce, age 43, of Palestine, was charged with Forgery of a Financial Instrument; Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, 1-4 grams; Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 2, 2-28 grams; and Possession of a Dangerous Drug.

Crime Suspect - Brandon Luce

Sheriff’s Deputies were given consent to search the motel room and located a female inside the room. Also discovered was an additional gram of methamphetamine.

Amanda McKinney, age 34, of Palestine, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1.

Crime Suspect - Amanda McKinney

Both suspects are currently being held in the Anderson County Jail, awaiting arraignment.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Sheriff Taylor about the case. Click below for more.

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