Another suspect was recently arrested in connection with a synthetic marijuana bust that occurred in southern Duval County in January.
Fifty-four year old Humberto Hinojosa Jr. of Benavides was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Benavides as transported to the Duval County jail. He had a total bond amount of $60,000.
The arrest comes after months of a long investigation by the Central South Texas Criminal Investigation Unit and the Duval Sheriff's Office with the assistance of federal agencies.
In January, the Duval County Sheriff's Department, Central South Texas Criminal Investigation Unit and the Alice Police Department executed search warrants which lead to a seizure of synthetic marijuana valued at more than $135,000. Agents seized 6,890 grams of synthetic marijuana.
Also found on the property were precursors such as acetone, nail polish remover, and coloring chemicals which are used to make the substance and UPS packaging material that was shipped from China.
Other items seized were farm equipment with tampered serial numbers which agents believe may be stolen along with a tractor-trailer.
According to American Association of Poison Control Center, synthetic marijuana can be extremely dangerous and addictive. Health effects from the drug can be life-threatening and can include severe agitation and anxiety, fast, racing heartbeat and higher blood pressure, seizures and tremors, suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions.
Recently, two La Porte residents, Naomi Casarez, 58, and Timothy Dale Adams, 53, were arrested in connection with the synthetic marijuana seizure. Casarez and Adams were charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance and engaging in criminal activity.
As of Tuesday afternoon, all three suspects had been released.