A total of 392 grams of synthetic marijuana was found when Jim Wells County deputies were searching for a missing juvenile Tuesday afternoon.
Sgt. Ernie Rivera was searching for the missing juvenile when he spotted 17-year-old Jose Angel Espinoza driving a 2013 Chevy Silverado on Avenue A near East Gulf Street.
Rivera initiated the traffic stop and discovered the juvenile in the vehicle with her boyfriend.
“When the individuals stepped out of the vehicle their clothing was covered in synthetic marijuana,” Rivera said.
A vehicle search located a portion of the illegal substance in plain view. The juvenile was trying to conceal synthetic marijuana and a knife in her shirt, Rivera said.
Espinoza was transported to the Jim Wells County jail and the juvenile was sent to the Ricardo H. Garcia Regional Juvenile Facility in San Diego. Parents were notified.
Both were charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
The vehicle was impounded.
Espinoza was released Tuesday night after he made bond, which was set at $10,000.
He was previously arrested at 9:30 p.m. Sunday for possession of a controlled substance after a routine traffic stop. A bond of $3,500 was set and he was released Monday afternoon.