Officer N. Martinez, through proactive policing and investigation, developed information that a person at 1309 N. Queen St in Palestine, TX, was engaging in the trafficking of narcotics. Using the information developed by Officer Martinez, Detective Waldon with the Street Crimes Unit applied for a search warrant for the location. Judge Amy Thomas Ward of the 87th Judicial District in Anderson County, TX, reviewed the information and issued the search warrant.
The police department’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed the search warrant on 11/21/23. As the team entered the home, a suspect identified as Alexander Hegward, 34, fled out the back door. Hegward was confronted in the backyard by Officers N. Martinez and A. Goins, who observed that Hegward threw an object over the fence into the neighbor’s yard with one hand while holding a handgun in the other hand. Hegward was ordered to drop the gun, and he reluctantly did so and was taken into custody. The item Hegward threw over the fence was recovered and identified as an additional handgun. Officer Martinez and Goins showed great composure and restraint in managing to take Hegward into custody safely.
During the search of Hegward’s residence, it was discovered that he had a surveillance feed of several areas, including the door where ERT entered, streaming on a large television in his bedroom. Also, in this room, Detectives located several ounces of marijuana, much of which was packaged for sale. There were 41 baggies of marijuana prepackaged in small amounts, an electronic scale, packaging materials, and approximately $2,300 in cash in the room. Detectives also located just over three grams of cocaine, less than a gram of THC extract or “dab,” and a prescription bottle of codeine syrup issued to another party, among other evidence. Hegward was transported to the Anderson County jail, where he was booked for Evading Arrest or Detention, Tampering / Fabricating Physical Evidence with Intent to Impair, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1>=1G<4G, Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2<1G, and Possession of Marijuana<=5lbs>4OZ. This investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.