Task force executed warrant on Arredondos' property last Friday

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Two men arrested last week allegedly in possession of nearly half a million dollars worth of cocaine were in court Thursday at the Jim Wells County Courthouse.

Felix and Fernando Arredondo, brothers who were arrested at a home on Farm-to-Market Road 625 Sept. 28, were in the 79th District Court before Judge Richard Terrell for a bond reduction hearing Thursday.

Both men were charged with possession of a controlled substance Sept. 28 when officers of the Jim Wells County Task Force reportedly located more than six pounds of cocaine in a trailer on the Arredondo's property.

Following the hearing, Judge Terrell ordered a reduction in the bond for Felix Arredondo from $100,000 to $50,000 and from $100,000 to $10,000 for Fernando Arredondo.

Fernando was released from the Jim Wells County jail on bond Thursday afternoon.

Officers with the Jim Wells County Task Force executed a search warrant shortly after 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 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.