Some six pounds of cocaine, guns found in house

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The Jim Wells County Task Force executed search warrants in two separate raids Friday, which led to the seizure of more than six pounds of cocaine and more than a pound of marijuana.

The first warrant was executed shortly after 10:30 a.m. Friday on Farm-to-Market Road 625, near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 1554. Task force officers, which included officers from the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and the Alice Police Department, searched a rural property that included a home, a trailer, some sheds and a vehicle.

During the search of the trailer, officers located and seized more than 650 individually wrapped packages of cocaine, with an estimated value of $100,000. Law enforcement personnel at the scene estimated that if the cocaine were sold and "cut" for individual use it could have a street value of nearly $500,000.

Officers also seized two handguns and 16 rifles from the property, and investigators were examining the rifles to determine if they matched reports of stolen rifles in the area.

Three individuals, a 44-year old man, a 37-year old man and a 50-year old woman were all arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance Friday. There names were withheld by authorities Friday evening until they could be magistrated.

The second raid occurred in the 900 block of Grace Street on the south side of Alice, shortly after 1 p.m. Friday.

Task force officers searched the home and discovered nearly two pounds of marijuana, according to official reports.

The 41-year old home owner was charged with possession of marijuana in a drug free zone. His name was also withheld by authorities Friday.

Sheriff Oscar Lopez said Friday the raids were the result of ongoing cooperative investigations by local law enforcement.

"I think the law enforcement agencies in Jim Wells County have made a statement that we will not tolerate any drugs or crime in Jim Wells County," Lopez said. "We're fighting together to keep this county clean."