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Police: Pound of meth, quarter pound of crack seized in E. Texas drug bust

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - Three people are in jail after a drug bust at a mobile home park in Palestine on Wednesday night.

The Palestine Police Department SWAT unit and the Drug Enforcement Unit arrested three people at a residence in a mobile home park in the 1100 block of N. Fort St

“The arrest came after a month long investigation by the DEU into the sale of illegal narcotics from this residence," said Lt. James Muniz, Division Commander.

Chief of Police Robert Herbert added, “I’m very proud of our tactical team, getting in and securing the scene. Again, I’m proud that we got drugs off the street, and we will continue our efforts to rid drugs from our community.”

Officers served a search warrant with the help of the SWAT team. Five people were initially detained, including one who attempted to flee from the residence. Two of the subjects were later released without charges.

Police say they seized approximately one pound of methamphetamine and around a quarter pound of crack cocaine, as well as marijuana and other narcotic-type pills. In addition to the narcotics, police also seized $1,800 cash.

"This large of a seizure, unfortunately, is a direct result of how much dope we have within our community," said Herbert.

Willie Leon Barnes, 44, and Donald Drew Nixon, 36, both of Palestine, were arrested and charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. This offense is punishable by up to life in prison. Barnes and Nixon are being held in the Anderson County Jail on bonds totaling just over one million dollars.

Mattie McDonald, 46, was charged with a single count of possession of a controlled substance. She was released on a $7500 bond.

The Palestine Police Department was assisted in this operation by members of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 Units from the Anderson County area.

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