A drug raid at a residence on Jonathan Street in Athens on Friday resulted in three arrests and the seizure of illegal substances, including what law officers believe to be crack cocaine.

Deputy Don Yarbrough of the Henderson County Drug Enforcement Unit said the task force had become aware of possible drug trafficking at the location and obtained a search warrant. At about 1:30 p.m., the DEU executed the raid, assisted by investigators from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department and detectives from the Athens Police Department.

Arrests included Christopher Jarun White, Joe Dan Parolini and Brian Douglas Crabtree.

“When we got there were numerous people in the yard. One of them (White) took off running on foot. He put a lot of a substance that was believed to be crack cocaine in his mouth,” said Yarbrough.

When authorities caught White, he passed out and was taken to East Texas Medical Center Athens for treatment.

White was released from the hospital and booked into jail early Saturday, Yarbrough said.

“When we pulled up the people there just threw crack everywhere. I found numerous pieces of crack on the ground, but we couldn’t charge anybody with it,” Yarbrough said.

A search of one of the vehicles at the scene turned up marijuana and Lidocaine, a drug used in some anesthetics.

Yarbrough said other search warrants have been run at the residence in the past and law officers will continue to look at it as a possible site for future drug activity.

White, 23, is charged with manufacture with intent to deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and tampering with physical evidence. He remained in the Henderson County Jail as of Monday afternoon, with bonds totaling $18,000.

Parolini, 32, was booked on a charge of possession of a dangerous drug. He was released after posting bond totaling $7,500.

Crabtree, 37, is charged with possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $2,500. He also remained in the Henderson County Jail as of Monday afternoon.


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