Deputies: Bondsman Bartered for Drugs in Lieu of Bail

A Wichita Falls bail bond company owner is arrested for the second time since December this time for allegedly taking drugs in payment for bail money.

Thirty-eight year-old Melissa Palacios, owner of Towne Square Bail Bonds on Seymour Highway, and two others have been charged in connection with this incident.

Palacios is charged with two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity-manufacture and delivery of drugs.

According to the arrest affidavit, David Hughes, an inmate in the Wichita County Jail, called the bail company and said he had prescriptions for hydrocodone and Xanax and would use the drugs to pay for his bail.

The affidavit states he arranged the payment through a friend of Palacios, identified as 42-year-old Shanan Maness.

Maness allegedly told the inmate he would have to give Palacios all his future prescriptions for payment on his bonds.

A deputy followed the inmate from the jail to a Walmart where he said he saw him pick up the prescriptions with Maness.

The deputy stopped the car and arrested them, and officers say Hughes admitted making the arrangement.

Palacios was arrested in December during a traffic stop in which officers say she gave a false name for her passenger because the passenger was her client and had outstanding warrants.

She has past convictions of credit card abuse and possession of drugs.

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