Combating the drug problem is one of the many issues that law enforcement focus on daily. Alice Police Department is no except in this war on drugs.
In a course of approximately two weeks, Alice police arrested several individuals and confiscated drugs during routine traffic stops around the City of Alice, said Alice Police Chief Aniceto Perez.
Sunday, Aug. 4, Alice Special Crimes Officer arrested Brianna Guerra and Mario Espinoza after conducting a traffic stop on the 100 block of South Stadium. Police confiscated 4.9 grams of marijuana, 1.4 grams of Xanax, 0.4 grams of Ecstasy and THC oil. They were taken to the Jim Wells County jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Saturday, Aug. 3, Rosaura Banuelos was an occupant of a vehicle that was stopped by Alice police near Seabreeze and Olmito Street. She was asked to step out of the vehicle and to wait at the rear of the vehicle. However, Banuelos walked into a nearby apartment refusing to comply with the officer's commands. She was arrested for evading arrest. When taken to the JWC jail, police discovered she had 0.5 grams of crystal meth. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Friday, Aug. 2, Roman Cuellar was arrested on the 800 block of Bluebonnet when officers discovered he had 2 grams of marijuana. He was taken to the JWC jail and charged with possession of marijuana.
On Thursday, Aug. 1 and Tuesday, July 30, police filed at large warrants on two women. The women were stopped on South Cameron and Juanita Street in two different traffic stops. Police confiscated 0.4 grams of crystal meth and approximately 8 grams of marijuana. The jail could not take them due to medical issues and were released.
On Monday, July 29, Richard Joslin and Danin Valenzuela were booked into the JWC jail on drug charges after a routine traffic stop on the 900 block of West Front Street. Officers conducted a roadside interview with the two men that led to the discovery of a gram of cocaine and 24 grams of synthetic marijuana. They were charged with possession of a controlled substance.
On Friday, July 26, Daniel Jimenez was arrested on South Reynolds Street for having 0.3 grams of cocaine. He was taken to the JWC jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Perez said his officers have several ongoing operations to combat drugs. In the last few months, police have responded to at least five overdoses around the city, one of those overdoses resulted in a death of a man.
“People are dying and getting addicted to hard core drugs. We have seen a rise in heroin users as well,” Perez said. “During this process, we seized eight heroin needles from different traffic stops. If you don't know how to mix (your drugs) you can kill people.”
Alice police continue to make a dent in the sale of narcotics.