Pictured are the drugs police found in a home on S. Adams Street, including cocaine that was packaged for sale. Photo by CHRISTOPHER MAHER

Cocaine, marijuana found in home in the 600 block of S. Adams Street

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A raid on a home on the city's south side Thursday led to the arrests of two 19 year olds and the seizure of cocaine and marijuana, officials said.

Alice Police Chief Danny Bueno said a search warrant was executed on a home in the 600 block of South Adams Street shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The raid was reportedly the result of an ongoing investigation by the Alice/Jim Wells County Task Force.

A search of the home revealed a small amount of marijuana and 19 grams of cocaine, separated into 40 small packages and ready for sale, Bueno said.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $1,600.

Two residents of the home, who Bueno said are suspected of selling illegal drugs from the home, were arrested.

They were identified as Jose Luis Guerra, 19, and Erica Martinez, 19.

Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine and were transported to the Jim Wells County jail.

Bueno said he hoped closing the drug operation would lead to a reduction in other crimes in the area.

"This is our continued effort to work together to reduce these crimes," Bueno said of the joint operation. "People get hooked on these drugs and go out and commit burglaries and thefts in our town."