Palestine Police arrest for LA men for organized criminal activity
Palestine, Texas (KETK) — Four Louisiana men are now behind bars for engaging in organized criminal activity.
On Saturday, four Louisiana residents, ages 20, 21, 26, and 29, were arrested in a counterfeiting operation in Palestine, Texas.
It happened at 8:30 a.m., when officers from the Palestine Police Department were called to two convenience stores on Palestine Avenue in reference to a suspect attempting to pass a counterfeit $50 bill.
In both cases, the suspect fled the scene before officers' arrival and left in a tan Chevy Impala with no license plate.
After receiving information that the vehicle had left eastbound from the 400 block of East Palestine Avenue, officers found the occupied suspect vehicle and a previously described suspect in a parking lot located in the 1200 block of East Palestine Avenue walking back to the vehicle.
All three suspects were arrested at that time for the investigation.
A search of the three suspects and the vehicle ended in the discovery of counterfeit money.
Given the circumstances surrounding the suspect's scheme to pass bills at multiple convenience stores, all three were arrested for Engaging in organized criminal activity.
After receiving information that one of the suspects may have escaped before officers contact the group of men, authorities began to warn businesses that there still may be a suspect passing counterfeit money.
At 2:00 p.m., Palestine Police were called to the 500 block of east Palestine Avenue, where a fourth suspect was found.
Upon attempting to arrest the suspect, an officer became involved in a short foot chase and physical confrontation with the subject, who after attempting to reach for a weapon was tazed. Counterfeit money was also found on this person.
This man was charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, engaging in organized criminal activity, and one warrant out for his arrest in Crowley, Louisiana for burglary.
In total, 18 counterfeit $50 bills were found during the investigation.
The names of these men will be released after the suspects are arraigned.