The indictment showed that Guadalupe Flores Jr. had been charged with possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, tampering with physical evidence and assault on a public servant.
According to a complaint filed by Patrolman Jared Moore of the Beeville Police Department, Flores tried to conceal between one and four grams of cocaine during an incident on Dec. 12, 2012.
The indictment also alleged that Flores hit Moore with his elbow during the incident.
All three charges were third degree felonies, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
But all three charges were enhanced to the higher punishment range because the defendant had previous felony convictions.
The convictions made it possible for District Attorney José Aliseda to have Flores listed as a “habitual felony offender” on each of the three counts.
The defendant’s previous felony convictions include one on a charge of burglary of a habitation on Aug. 14, 1997, and one on a charge of escape on Sept. 20, 2007. Both convictions were in Bee County.
District Judge Starr Bauer set Flores’ bond at $22,500.
Lorenzo Telesforo Perez II faces the same sentencing possibility after grand jurors approved enhancing his aggravated robbery charge, a first degree felony, to “repeat felony offender” status.
The first degree felony charge carries a punishment range of from five to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
But by certifying Perez as a repeat felony offender, his minimum sentence, if he is convicted, would be 25 years.
According to investigators, Perez stole property from a local woman on March 17 while holding her at gunpoint and threatening to cause her serious bodily injury.
The charge was enhanced because Perez had a previous felony conviction on a charge of aggravated assault on April 13, 2007, in Bee County.
His bond was $75,000.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.