Laredo, Texas (Webb County) – On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at approximately 2:38 p.m. Webb County Sheriff deputies noticed a white color Ford F-150 driving erratically on Chihuahua Street. While deputies attempt to catch up to the pick-up, they noticed the driver committing other traffic violations. Deputies caught up to the vehicle and at the intersection of Chihuahua Street and Tilden Avenue, a traffic stop was conducted.
Patricia Benavides, 54, stated that she was on her way home and had just come from Nuevo Laredo. During interview procedures, deputies noticed Benavides acting nervously while being asked if any narcotics were inside her vehicle. After consenting to a search, deputies searched the vehicle while backup arrived. While a deputy was checking the center console, he noticed some bundles wrapped in a clear plastic to what seemed to be some type of narcotics or monies based on the deputy’s training, knowledge, and experience.
Benavides was transported to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station, where the investigation into the bundles continued. While at the sub-station, deputies discovered a total of 10 bundles that tested positive for cocaine. The total weight of the bundles was 11.5 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $300,000. Benavides was charged with possession of controlled substance and was remanded to the Webb County Jail without bond and pending magistration.
“I congratulate my patrol division for keeping our streets safe. These drugs could’ve ended in our children’s path. We remind the public to join the fight against crime and report any suspicious activity by calling 956-415-(BUST) 2878,” said Sheriff Martin Cuellar.