Gladewater, Texas (KETK) — An East Texas man is behind bars after Gladewater police find 100 grams of methamphetamine.
Wednesday morning, officers with the Gladewater Police Department began a project targeting specific locations allegedly involved in the trafficking of illegal narcotics.
Gladewater Police Chief Rob Vine said the specific locations were selected due to information being brought to the police department by citizens indicating these locations were in some way involved with the use of, or sale of drugs in our city.
Officers from the Gladewater Police Department Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Administration, Litter Abatement, the Lake Warden, the School Resource Officer, the city’s Warrant Officer and two investigators from the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office were all involved in this project.
People at these locations were provided with a letter from Chief Vine explaining the reason for the presence of the officers and were then asked for consent to search the residence. In addition to searching these homes, officers issued citations to these residents for City Ordinance violations regarding litter and trash, as well as, for violations arising from failure to show proof of rabies vaccinations for any animals on the property if applicable.
Between 10:00 a.m., and noon, officers went to three different houses and were able to make one misdemeanor arrest for Possession of Marijuana, issued one citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, issued two citations for violations regarding junk vehicles and junk present on the property, made two arrests for outstanding misdemeanor warrants and searched two of the three residences.
As a result of a separate, on-going investigation, a narcotics search warrant was served in the 300 block of Sunset by the Gladewater officers with the assistance of a K-9 Unit from the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office and the DEA Task Force. During the execution of this search warrant, a quantity of Methamphetamine weighing 100 grams was located. As a result of this seizure, Donald Bruce Slone, 45, of Gladewater was arrested.
Vine said Wednesday's project was just the first of an ongoing effort to address the city's drug problems and let drug dealers and users know they are not welcome.