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Update: Names released in drug-related arrests

PALESTINE, May 3, 2013-- On May 1, 2013 at approximately 6:45 a.m., the Palestine Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit along with other officers from the Palestine PD conducted a search warrant in the 500 block of Variah Street. The warrant and subsequent search of the residence came several after weeks of investigation by the drug unit.

The police arrested four people during the early morning raid. Those arrested were 22 year-old Frederick Tatum, 22 year-old Darion Turner, 29 year-old Rashad Brookings and 36 year-old Fran Stephens. The four were charged with the Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1. This is a felony of the first degree. A first degree felony carries a sentence of 5 to 99 years or life in prison.    

On April 30, the Palestine Police Department received a tip that a tan in color Ford Taurus would be returning to Palestine. The tip also added that the car would be carrying illegal drugs. At approximately 7:50 p.m., police located the vehicle and conducted a vehicle stop for a speeding violation. Officers talked with the occupants of the vehicle and while doing so could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle produced over 2 pounds of Marijuana and several bottles of PCP.  Also located inside the car were over 300 packages of what is believed to be synthetic cannabinoid. The two occupants of the vehicles were arrested and transported to the Anderson County Jail and booked on felony charges. These items will be forwarded to the DPS Crime Lab for testing.

Police have identified the people that were arrested as 27 year-old Mercedes C. Jones, and 28 year-old Darrion Lamar Anderson. 

The pair arrested will be charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2, a second degree felony which carries a penalty of up to 20 years of in prison. 


An arrest does not mean that the individual or individuals have been convicted of the alleged violation, unless otherwise noted. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. 

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