Gonzalez to be arrested once plants dry out

Sue Fleming, Duval County Correspondent

Twenty-two marijuana plants that were found growing in the back yard of a residence located in the Cadena subdivision near San Diego were seized by law officers about 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, records show.

Reports indicate some of the three-foot green, leafy plants that were being cultivated by Jesus Gonzalez, 41, were also growing around the front porch area of the residence as well.

"The plants are still green and will have to be completely dried out and weighed properly before charges can be made," said investigator Ronald Smithwick of the Central South Texas Criminal Investigation Unit. "Gonzalez was left at-large and will be charged as soon as the total concise weight of the plants is determined."

Smithwick said the drying process usually takes 10 days or longer.

Duval County Deputy Diamante Luera also assisted in the investigation.