While the nation celebrated its Independence on July 4th, some Commerce residents were being arrested.
At around 11:30 p.m. on July 4th, Commerce Police responded to a call of shots being fired at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Park Street. When officers arrived, they noticed two suspicious men quickly enter, then exit an apartment.
After making contact with the men, officers arrested 21 year old Commerce resident Coty Brannon for public intoxication. While at the scene, 25 year old Cruz Hines was also arrested for disorderly conduct.
During a search of the apartment, officers found 3 handguns, 1/2 pound of packaged with intent to sell marijuana, two digital scales, drug paraphernalia, and ammunition.
There were also small children in the house, who were released to relatives without incident.
According to a press release from the Commerce Police Department, Brannon was released on a PR bond for the public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia charges and was transported to Hunt County Jail where he is being held on a $10,000 bond for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and $8,000 bond for possession of marijuana with over 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds.
Hines was released on a PR bond for the disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia charges and he has bonded out of the Hunt County Jail on a $10,000 bond for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and $8000 bond for possession of marijuana with over 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds.
The investigation is continuing at this time and further charges are expected for child endangerment, possession of marijuana as well as deadly conduct.