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Drugs seized during search for suspect
Trinity Standard - November 2009
TRINITY – The pursuit of a Trinity man wanted on multiple warrants lead police to a cache of marijuana and other illegal drugs last week.
According to Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones, the incident began about noon on Monday, Oct. 26, when he spotted Percey Brooks riding a bicycle on Barker Street near the Jackson Trailer Park.
“I was driving down Barker when he pulled out in front of me on the bike. I immediately recognized him and knew that we had a state jail felony warrant for him and that Walker County had also issued a warrant for his arrest,” Jones said.
The police chief said when the suspect noticed Jones’ patrol car, he sped off on the bike, turning back into the trailer park. Once in the park, he jumped off the bicycle and fled on foot into nearby woods.
Jones said he radioed for assistance and Sgt. Thomas Parks soon arrived.
“When I first saw him, he was coming from one of the trailers in the park so Parks and I went over to check it out. I though he might try to circle back and try to get back to that residence,” he said.
As the two officers approached the trailer, two other men came out and were detailed for questioning.
“We hear d the sound of someone running inside the trailer and then the noise of something breaking. Tommy walked to the back of the trailer and saw our suspect running back into the woods,” Jones said.
Evidence at the scene indicated the suspect had broken out one of the back windows of the mobile home in order to escape, he added.
The police chief said they were able to obtain enough information to obtain a search warrant for the mobile home from 258th District Judge Elizabeth Coker.
During that search, officers found one large vacuum-sealed bag containing over one pound of marijuana as well as two sandwich bags filled with the drug.
In addition, they found what was believed to be several “rocks” of crack cocaine, a number of pink pills believed to be ecstasy and a bottle of prescription codeine syrup.
Officers also found a number of miniature zip lock baggies often used by drug dealers to package small amounts of cocaine and other illegal narcotics as well as weight scales and other items used in the distribution of illegal drugs.
The drugs have been forwarded to a Texas Department of Public Safety laboratory for analysis.
Jones said that no charges have yet been filed in connection with what police believe to be a drug distribution operation.
“We’re going to do this right. Once we get the lab results back, we’re going to take everything to the district attorney’s office for presentation to a grand jury. Right now we feel there could be as many as three people who could face charges, but that will be up to the grand jury,” he said.
Brooks surrendered to Parks on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and was being held this week by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department on the Trinity and Walker County warrants.
The two men detained at the mobile home were questioned by police and released pending grand jury action.