The Jim Wells County Veterans Affair Officer Gilbrando Garza was arrested on Monday, June 5 for an outstanding warrant in regard to unlawful carrying of a weapon.
According to sources, Garza turned himself in to sheriff officials and booked in the JWC jail.
According to indictment records, Garza, on or before August 16, 2015, did intentionally and knowingly carry, on or about his person, a handgun onto the premised licensed by the State of Texas for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
According to the police report, Alice police received a call for a business on the 50 block of North King Street for a patron who had a firearm. Officer Jesse Garza made contact with Garza and confiscated a handgun from Garza's holster position.
Garza is a concealed hand gun license holder. However, in the State of Texas it is illegal for individuals to carry a firearm into a bar or business that makes 51 percent of their money from the sale of alcohol, even if the individual has a concealed handgun license, according to Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).
According to the police report, Garza's weapon was secured until he left the business.
Garza is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday, July 18 in the 79th Judicial District Court.
Garza was released Monday on a $2,500 bond.
Officers responded to a business on the 200 block of North Johnson Street for an aggravated robbery. According to the police report, the clerk told police a man walked out of the business with an 18-pack of alcohol. Before the suspect left he threatened the clerk by saying he had a knife, but the clerk did not see any weapon on the suspect. No arrest was made.
Three men were arrested on Monday when Cpl. Julian Cavazos observed a man approach a truck that had stopped in the middle of the road. According to the report, Cavazos conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle due to the thefts and burglaries that had occurred in Alice. The officer made contact with the driver, Victor Castillo III, and passengers, Ruben Contreras and Justin Jaramillo.
During the pat down of Castillo, the officer felt a cylinder object in Castillo's pocket. Castillo attempted to throw the pipe away. A search of the vehicle lead to the discovery of synthetic marijuana. The men were taken to the JWC jail for possession of a controlled substance. Castillo was also charged with tampering with evidence and resisting arrest.