Settlement in 1999 Tulia Drug Bust - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/11/04

Settlement in 1999 Tulia Drug Bust

Dozens of Tulia residents arrested in a now-discredited drug sting will split $5,000,000.

The money is part of a civil rights lawsuit settlement stemming from the 1999 Tulia drug bust. The settlement will also disband the task force that oversaw the sting's undercover agent, Tom Coleman. Coleman will be tried in May on perjury charges. He is accused of lying about evidence he gathered in the drug bust that put 46 people in jail, 39 of whom are black.

Governor Perry pardoned and freed 35 of those victims from jail last year.

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