Detective Lt. Richard Cantu of the Beeville Police Department said 29-year-old Eloy Salazar and 30-year-old Jadira Maldonado were booked on several different charges including second and third degree felonies.
The sting turned up hydrocodone, Xanax, Tramadol and Balofen tablets, all prescription drugs.
The detective said BPD narcotics investigators led a purchase of some drugs at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
The charges included the manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, less than 28 grams in a drug-free zone, a third degree felony, possession of a controlled substance, four to 200 grams, a second degree felony, two counts possession of a controlled substance, less than 28 grams in the drug-free zone, a state jail felony, and two counts of possession of dangerous drugs, a Class A misdemeanor.
A conviction on the second degree felony charge could result in a 20-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.
A third degree felony conviction could result in a 10-year prison sentence and the same fine.
The state jail felony could send the two suspects to a state jail facility for two years and result in a $10,000 fine.
Police are withholding the names of three men and one woman charged with possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.
The offense is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a $4,000 fine and up to a year in the Bee County Jail.
Cantu said those arrests were a result of a raid on a residence in a trailer park in the 800 block of South Tyler Street.
The raid came after a long-term investigation into drug activity in that trailer park.
Cantu said police have been looking at drug activity there for some time and they intend to stop the problem.
“The main interest was to clean up the neighborhood,” the investigator said.
The offenses leading to the charges against the four suspects were enhanced because they had the drugs within 1,000 feet of a playground. That made the neighborhood a drug-free zone.
“We feel we’re making progress in cleaning up that area,” Cantu said.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.