Officials remove eight children from Paris residence where drugs were being sold

Police Department SuburbanOfficers with the narcotics division of the Paris Police Department joined by Child Protective Service officials in a raid about 9 a.m. Thursday at a residence where drugs were reportedly being sold while numerous children were present and living.

Dwayne Lee Clark Jr., 27, and Kristi Victoria Simmons, 29, both of Paris, were taken into custody on charges of manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $10,000.

Police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said digital scales, other paraphernalia, and numerous baggies of synthetic marijuana were found in the residence in the 900 block of East Houston St.

One other person was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and two others were taken into custody when they were found to have outstanding warrants.

Pending further investigation, Child Protective Services removed the eight children found inside the residence.

Garrett said police responded to 101 calls for service on Thursday, resulting in 12 arrests.

 By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

 

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.