Four individuals were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance Wednesday night after a special operation by Alice police led to the seizure of about seven ounces of pure cocaine and about $1,800 in cash.
“I am very proud of my guys on this operation,” Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno said. “This just shows our community that we will not tolerate this type of criminal activity and my men will continue to go out there and identify areas where the crimes and criminal activity are occurring.”
Bueno said the Alice Police Department had been working the operation, named Operation Richard, for the past month-and-a-half and executed a no-knock narcotics search warrant Wednesday night a 10:15 p.m. at 619 Kentucky St.
Bueno said police seized during the operation, with the assistance of the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department and the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), seven ounces of pure cocaine valued at about $5,000 along with $1,800 in cash, a handgun, narcotic paraphernalia and gang paraphernalia.
“This is an impact on a distribution area,” Bueno said. “We have disrupted an operation of illegal activity.”
Arrested during the operation were Carlos Joel Martinez, 20, Juan Manuel Mata Jr., 32, Jose Luis Sanchez, 28, and Adrian Cantu, 30.
Martinez, Mata and Sanchez were charged with possession of a controlled substance PG 1 equal to or more than 200 grams less than 400 grams, possession of a controlled substance PG 3 more than 28 grams and possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
Cantu was charged with possession of a controlled substance more than or equal to 1 gram less than 4 grams.
Bueno said Martinez has previously been arrested and has two other felony cases pending. He said because the evidence is related to gang members they would be meeting with District Attorney Armando Barrera.
“We will take every step necessary to file as many charges as possible on these individuals and charges are pending on other individuals,” Bueno said.
“More arrests will be made.”
As of Thursday morning, all four men were incarcerated at the Jim Wells County jail. Martinez has a bond set at $63,000, Mata and Sanchez at $53,000 each and the bond for Cantu is set at $10,000.
Bueno said the operation was also an effort through the Border Star grant the department has in place.
He said the department would continue these types of operations to identify criminal activity and shut them down.