Time ran out for fugitive Noah Paul Meza, 30 of Beeville, when he was arrested by Sgt. Clint Davis of the TRPD.
According to the police report, Davis received a call from a U.S. marshal on March 10 about a wanted felon, Noah Paul Meza. The marshal informed Davis that one of his confidential informants had made a narcotics buy from Meza that night.
The marshal gave Davis the suspected location in Three Rivers where he thought Meza would be and Davis said he would go and check it out.
The marshal also told Davis that Meza sometimes goes by the alias of Caleb Chalker.
Davis arrived at the house with several patrol deputies. Upon approaching the front door, he was stopped by a man sitting in a car in the driveway.
He asked the man his name and the man replied Caleb Chalker.
With that information Davis was able to detain the man until he could get in touch with the marshal to identify marks on the man.
Once it was confirmed that they had the right man, they were able to place him under arrest for eight different warrants out of three counties.
Davis then proceeded to search the front seat of the car after seeing a small scale visible on seat next to where Meza had been seated.
The search revealed a plastic bag filled with meth placed inside another bag.
A pipe and marijuana were also found in the front seat and when Davis searched the back seat a bunch of small bags typically used to hold narcotics were located.
Meza was taken to jail for the warrants but was additionally charged with failure to identify, possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and possession of a narcotic between 4 and 200 grams (meth).
He is being held in the Live Oak Jail.
Meth was also found during a traffic stop on March 6 when Sgt. Davis arrested Alan Gene Smith, 39, of Three Rivers.
Sgt. Davis and Officer Tate pulled over a vehicle on Hwy. 281 southbound after observing the driver was not wearing a seat belt.
According to the report, Davis approached the car and asked for a driver’s license and explained why he was pulling him over. Smith, who was driving the car, told Davis it was expired.
Because the license was invalid, Davis requested he step out of the vehicle and move to the rear near the trunk.
Smith complied but stumbled over words when being questioned.
Davis and Officer Connor Tate also observed that Smith seemed to be making hand signals to the passenger and at this point the report stated that the trunk of the car opened.
Davis asked Smith if he could search him and requested that he remove everything from his pockets.
It was also requested that the passenger step out of the vehicle.
Tate proceeded to search the vehicle and the reports states as Davis was walking around the outside of the car he observed the corner of a plastic bag sticking out of the seam of the trunk that had not previously been there.
Upon closer inspection it was noted that the bag had meth in it.
Smith was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and was given a ticket for no seat belt.
The meth weighed out at two grams.
The final arrest for meth charge was of Joann Lazcano, 31, of Three Rivers on March 9.
Officer Alberto Carrion was called to the Dairy Queen by fellow officer Noah Leushner after observing Lazcano in the parking lot.
Carrion informed Lazcano she had four class C warrants out for her arrest due to citations that she had never taken care of.
She was informed that she would be taken to jail and asked if she had any contraband on her.
She replied yes and gave the officer a glass pipe that had a white crystal-like substance.
Another sergeant was called to Dairy Queen to bring a drug kit and test the substance. It tested positive for meth.
Lazcano was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram and possession of drug paraphernalia.