Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 1, 2013

Suspected drug dealer arrested during Thursday afternoon SWAT raid

Suspect has a known criminal history

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — A Jacksonville Police SWAT raid at a local residence Thursday afternoon resulted in the warrant arrest of a man suspected of selling and distributing narcotics locally.

David Lee Franklin, 58, has a criminal history that is well known, according to Jacksonville Police Sgt. Jason Price. The raid at this residence, 1111 Churchill Street, was executed after a lengthy police investigation that resulted in a judge approving an arrest warrant and a search warrant, according to the sergeant and Police Chief Reece Daniel.

“When SWAT got there, evidence of a variety of narcotics was located and secured at this location,” Sgt. Price said. “Mr. Franklin was alone at the residence when they arrived.”

Franklin subsequently was arrested on suspicion of “Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 in the amount of Greater than 1 gram but Less than 4 grams.”

This is a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, Chief Daniel said.

Reports indicate Franklin has a criminal history that is known to Jacksonville officers.

Sgt. Price said Franklin has been arrested in Jacksonville four times since 2007, although not all of them were narcotics arrests.

“He has been in our jail for a variety of reasons,” the sergeant said.

Franklin was taken into custody without incident during the Thursday raid and should go before a judge for bond sometime Friday morning. Afterwards, he probably will be transferred to the Cherokee County Jail.

Sgt. Price declined to speculate if the arrest would put a crimp in local drug traffic but did say it couldn't hurt.

“Every arrest is a brick in the wall,” Sgt. Price said. “I can't say if its a cinder block or a little brick but every arrest helps against the drug trade.”