Laredo, Texas (Webb County) –– As a result of a months-long investigation by Webb County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators and deputies assigned to the patrol division, two local men on Monday were arrested in north Laredo and charged with possession of marijuana felony 2.
Jesus Ramon III, 19, and Luis Alberto Gonzalez,39 both from Laredo, were arrested in connection with the seizure of 668 pounds of marijuana and almost $46,000 in cash.
Ramon was arrested first along the 3600 E. Del Mar Blvd after he was found to be in possession of 20 bundles of marijuana following a traffic stop by Webb County Sheriff’s Office patrol officers and narcotics investigators. A positive alert by a U.S. Border Patrol K-9 and subsequent search of the cargo area led to the discovery of the marijuana concealed within a load of furniture in the cargo area of the truck driven by Ramon. A subsequent investigation and search minutes later at a home on the 2800 block of Burke Street in Plantation subdivision, led to the discovery of additional evidence at the residence relating to the narcotics load in the transport vehicle.
Gonzalez, identified as a resident at the Burke Street address, was detained and arrested after he attempted to flee from the residence as the investigating officers arrived at the scene. During a search of the residence, $45,810 in cash and other physical evidence relating to the marijuana seizure in the cargo truck was also discovered and seized during the investigation.
U.S. Border Patrol K-9 Unit and Constables from Precinct 4 from Harold Devally’s Office assisted in the operation.
The marijuana has an estimated street level value of $534,480. A 2012 Dodge Challenger was also seized during the investigation. Both Ramon and Gonzalez were remanded to the Webb County Jail without bond pending a magistrate hearing.
The investigation continues.
“This is another example of how we continue to keep our streets free from drugs. I congratulate our Webb County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the partnering agencies for a job well done. I encourage every citizen of Webb County to report any suspicious activity to our hotline at 956-415-2878 BUST,” said Sheriff Martin Cuellar.