Senate Approves Bill to Release 13 in Tulia Drug Bust - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/14/03

Senate Approves Bill to Release 13 in Tulia Drug Bust

The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would allow for the release of the 13 people who remain jailed from the 1999 Tulia drug bust.

The bust stemmed from an investigation by an undercover agent who later was deemed not credible.

The bill was sponsored by Senator John Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston. Its passage comes a day after Governor Rick Perry asked the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to immediately review the arrests of the Tulia residents in the drug bust.

Dozens of mostly black Tulia residents were arrested in the bust following an investigation by undercover agent Tom Coleman. He was indicted in April on three counts of aggravated perjury for allegedly lying on the witness stand during evidentiary hearings involving the busts.

The bill (SB 1948) now goes to the House.

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