Residents of Tulia, Texas, Unjustly Jailed for Drug Offenses Janet Heimlich reports that the Texas Senate is taking steps to free 13 residents of the town of Tulia who were convicted of drug offenses. Thirty-eight residents of the small Texas Panhandle town ended up in jail based on fabricated evidence provided by investigator Tom Coleman. Charges suggest that racism was involved. Most who landed in jail were minorities. Coleman is white and now faces charges of perjury.