Midnight raid nets drugs, arrests

Press release

A midnight raid by Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse’s Narcotics Investigators ended with a 60-year-old drug dealer locked up and a large amount of methamphetamines, as well as cash, seized early Friday morning.

Hillhouse said another 19-year-old man was also arrested at the travel-trailer home on Old Goshen Road just outside of Eustace, north of the County seat of Athens.

Martin Elvis Riddle, 60, of Eustace was in possession of a substantial amount of the illegal drug, the paraphernalia used in its manufacture and delivery and over $1,000 in cash.

Dylan Wayne Morrison, 19, of Gun Barrel City was also at the residence and was charged with possession of a smaller amount of meth.

“This dealer was plying his trade deep in the country but that did not protect him from our team of Investigators committed to busting up the drug business here,” Hillhouse said.

Investigators Wayne Nut and Kenneth Slaton executed the search warrant signed by Gun Barrel City Municipal Judge Grace Wallace prior to the raid.

They found a large group of the people at the trailer as they arrested the pair.

Henderson County Investigator Damon Boswell, currently assigned as a Task Force Officer for the Drug Enforcement Agency, assisted in the raid.

He was joined by Investigators Tell Walker and Dustin Smith and Deputies Matt Jistel, David Robertson and Josh Shoemake.

Both men were taken to the Henderson County Jail.


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October is Elderly Financial Abuse Awareness month. That’s just one form of elderly abuse, but there are others and Adult Protective Services is the agency tasked with standing in the gap and that’s a big job in Henderson County. In this podcast, we’ll hear about one way the local APS board is trying to help and we’ll also hear from an APS specialist about what they do. Click the play button above to listen.

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Joe Dan Parolini passed away on October 17, 2018 in Athens, Texas.

Joe Dan Parolini was born July 14, 1951 in Athens, Texas the son of Arthur Horton Parolini and Billie Jean Loden Parolini. He retired from Dynamic Rubber as a plant manager after working for over 30 years. “Unkie” enjoyed mechanic work and would always fix anything broken. He also enjoyed gardening and loved animals, especially the birds in his yard. He loved looking at old cars on the internet, wood working and anything that had to do with his family. “Papa Joe” was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be missed by all those who knew him.

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