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Deputies discover high-grade marijuana
by Gary Kent
Jan 27, 2012 | 2902 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Deputy Lt. Steve Linam and Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. show off three sealed containers of high grade marijuana, a small, .22-caliber revolver, a digital scale and some paraphernalia confiscated during two searches of drug suspects Monday evening. Deputies searching a vehicle stopped in the H-E-B Food Store parking lot found a duffel bag in the front seat of the vehicle with marijuana and $4,400 in cash. The suspect is facing possession of marijuana charges and is still under investigation.
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BEEVILLE — Three Beeville residents ended up behind bars after Bee County deputies found high-grade marijuana in a residence and later in a vehicle Tuesday evening.

Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr., Chief Deputy Alden Southmayd and Deputy Investigator Delilah Pier explained the sequence of events.

Pier said the first busts came when deputies crashed into a residence in the 300 block of East Crockett Street at about 8:45 p.m.

Inside, they found a 25-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman in bed and undressed.

Carrizales said deputies made sure both suspects were covered before other law officers entered the residence to search for drugs.

It was during the search that the team discovered less than two ounces of what turned out to be high-quality marijuana, grown hydroponically.

The weed was being kept in an airtight, glass kitchen canister.

Southmayd said the quality of the marijuana was obvious as soon as the deputies lifted the lid on the canister and they smelled the contents.

“Man, it was strong,” Southmayd said of the aroma.

Deputies searching the residence also found digital scales and a small, .22-caliber revolver in the residence.

The two occupants were taken to the Bee County Jail where they were booked on charges of possession of marijuana, less than two ounces.

The offense is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $2,000 and 180 days in jail, upon conviction.

Carrizales said it was later in the evening that the marijuana find became more interesting.

Deputy Cecil Daniels was patrolling near the H-E-B Food Store at 100 E. Corpus Christi St. when he saw a 2010 Chevrolet sedan turn without using the turn signal.

Daniels stopped the vehicle in the store’s parking lot. The deputy noticed the 29-year-old driver was acting nervously so he searched his pockets and found a small bag of marijuana.

After placing the driver under arrest, Daniels searched the vehicle and found a duffel bag in plain sight in the front seat. Inside the bag he found more marijuana in the same type of airtight kitchen canister that was found earlier in the residence on Crockett Street.

When deputies lifted the lid later they found the same aroma that they had detected during the earlier incident.

That time, though, deputies figured they had more than four ounces of the drug and less than five pounds.

Also inside the bag, Daniels found $4,400 in cash.

The suspect was booked on a state jail felony but Carrizales said the case was still under investigation. More charges could be filed later.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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