Quantity of methamphetamine seized

Posted: 27th February 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized

Aransas County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) investigators arrested two individuals and confiscated a large quantity of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and cash after a warrant was executed Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The two arrested are Amanda S. Longoria, 19; and her boyfriend, Zachary Thomas Carlton, 18. They were each charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, more than four grams, but less than 200 grams.

A four-year-old child also was at the home at the time. The child was released to family members.

According to a report from Investigator Armando Chapa, the charge is enhanced because the residence is located across from a city park, which is frequented by children, which makes it a drug free zone, he explained.

 

The warrant was executed Tuesday, Feb. 21 at about 1 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Apartments, located at the corner of N. Live Oak and Linden.

Chapa said they received information a few weeks ago about an individual selling large quantities of methamphetamine from the apartments.

Chapa said when they discovered the apartment’s location in proximity to the park, they made it a priority. Within four days, they were able to obtain the warrant.

During the search of the apartment, officials found nine bundles of methamphetamine hidden in a TV/VCR combination which was located in the master bedroom.

They also found a safe which contained packaging materials, a digital scale and $700 in cash.

The two were taken into custody and questioned.

Chapa said last year, they shut down several meth labs, which slowed down the drug traffic. In the last few months, they have received information about methamphetamine traffic picking up again.

Chapa said this investigation continues until they apprehend the group of people who have already been identified as selling drugs.

“It’s just a matter of time {till we get them,}” Chapa said.

He added, “The ACSO recognized the dangers of methamphetamine to users, their families, and to their neighbors and their community.” He said officers will continue to make it a priority and are committed to eradicate as much drugs off they streets as possible. Their goal is to keep the streets safe, a task which has been ongoing for several years, Chapa emphasized.

Thomas and Longoria remain in the Aransas County Detention on $50,000 bonds each, as of press deadline.

 

 

 

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