Crack cocaine found in Tyler drug bust

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 4:39pm


On Thursday, May 26, 2011 around 8:00 a.m., The Tyler Police Department Narcotics Unit along with the Special Operations Team (SWAT) executed two narcotics search warrants at two separate locations in Tyler.

The first search warrant was executed at 3102 Frankston Highway. While conducting the search warrant, <1 gram of crack-cocaine was discovered inside the residence along with assorted pills. Investigators arrested Jerry Lewis Bowens, B/M, 03-24-1983, and Brittany Michelle Cox, B/F, 05-31-1989. Bowens and Cox were both charged with Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substance, a (State Jail Felony) and Possession of Dangerous Drugs, (Class A Misdemeanor). Bowens was charged with Theft of a Firearm (State Jail Felony) and Cox was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon a (3rd degree Felony) after several weapons were located inside the residence.

After officers secured the residence and occupants on Frankston Highway, they proceeded to 1618 Outer Drive and executed the second search warrant. Upon completion of the search of the residence, investigators located 9.3 grams of crack-cocaine. Investigators arrested Justin Demone Smith, B/M, 06-01-1988 and Denise Sessions, B/F, 03-21-1988, were both charged with Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substance, a (1st degree Felony). Kara Crawford, B/F, 04-13-1985, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a (Class B Misdemeanor). When the warrant was served, Child Protective Services was contacted and took custody of three small children who were inside the residence at the time.

The investigations were initiated after citizen's complaints were received of illegal drug activity.


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