The Smith County government is planning to negotiate a contract with a local technology company to sell the county’s proprietary e-bond software that allows bail bond companies to submit bond applications electronically to the Smith County Jail. (Chelsea Purgahn/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Two men were arrested after a narcotics investigation revealed a drug distribution operation at a Tyler apartment complex.

Devonte Jones, 19, of Tyler, and Braylen Jones, 17, of Fort Worth, were arrested following the monthslong investigation by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

Narcotics investigators with the Sheriff’s Office, along with Smith County K-9 deputies and Tyler Police Department narcotics investigators executed a search warrant last week for an apartment in the 3400 block of Varsity Drive, near the University of Texas at Tyler, where officials believed the two men were distributing drugs.

Investigators found the men inside along with drugs and paraphernalia, according to the Sheriff’s Office news release.

“During the subsequent search, investigators located marijuana, disposable cartridges containing liquid THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), digital scales, narcotics packaging equipment and a large amount of cash in various denominations,” the news release said. “Narcotics investigators also recovered a handgun inside the residence with the serial number removed.”

Both men were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces, manufacture/delivery of controlled substance Penalty Group 2 in a Drug Free Zone and tampering with identification number. Because the apartment complex is within 1,000 feet of UT Tyler, it is in a Drug Free Zone.

Braylen Jones had an additional charge of failure to identify fugitive with intent to give false information and a warrant for unlawful carrying of a weapon out of Tarrant County.

Both men were booked into the Smith County Jail on Wednesday, July 3. Devonte Jones had bonds totaling $50,300 and bonded out the same day. Braylen Jones had bonds totaling $33,000 and remained in jail as of Monday evening.

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