Alaniz arrested after police execute search warrant

Christopher Maher, Jim Wells County Correspondent

A search warrant executed by the Orange Grove Police Department Thursday led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer, officials said.

Orange Grove Chief of Police Arthur Rogers III said his officers, assisted by officers from the Alice Police Department and deputies from the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department, executed a search warrant on a home in the 200 block of North Vasquez Street shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday.

A search of the home revealed one ounce of cocaine and less than four ounces of marijuana, as well as a small amount of cash, Rogers said.

One of the occupants of the home, identified as Gabriel Alaniz, 36, was arrested as a result of the search.

Rogers said Alaniz is suspected of having sold drugs at a residence in the county, before moving into town recently.

"Generally, people are not dealing within the city limits, because they are afraid that we are going to do a search warrant. They feel safer in the county, that's what the people on the streets are telling us," Rogers said. "We certainly want to reinforce that perception, but we also want people to know that just because they are out in the county doesn't mean we aren't going to be involved.

"We're not going to tolerate any drug dealing anywhere in the county. If we find out about it, we're going to move on it."

Three other people in the home at the time of the search were questioned, but were not charged with any offenses, Rogers said.

Alaniz was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and with having an expired driver's license.

He was transported to the Jim Wells County Jail and was released Friday on $1,754 bond.