No-knock search warrant executed at Gibson St. home

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Officers with the Jim Wells County Task Force executed a no-knock search warrant on a home on Gibson Street Tuesday night, shutting down what officials described as a drug distribution location that was just 200 feet from Dubose Intermediate School.

The warrant was executed shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Gibson Street, by a task force made up of officers from the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and the Alice Police Department.

Officers seized marijuana packaged for sale, cocaine, a .25 caliber handgun and a small amount of cash from the home.

Four individuals were arrested at the home, officials said.

Those individuals have been identified as Andres Ponce, 20; Kristie Hinson, 31; Kurtis Woods, 34; and a 15-year-old female juvenile.

Ponce and Hinson were charged with possession of marijuana in a school zone and possession of cocaine over four grams in a school zone.

Woods was charged with possession of marijuana in a school zone and the juvenile was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a school zone.

Ponce was released on $10,000 bond Tuesday. Hinson remained in the Jim Wells County jail Wednesday on $10,000 bond and Woods remained in the jail on $2,000 bond. The juvenile was charged and released to the custody of her family.

Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez and Alice Police Chief Danny Bueno both praised the investigators in the joint operation Wednesday.

"This is an effort on behalf of the JWC Task force," Lopez said. "They have been doing a fine job catching people selling or in possession of dope."

Bueno agreed.

"My understanding is that this has been a distribution location for some time," Bueno said. "We're continuing these operations throughout the city, and if these operations are going on, we're going to come after you."