Assistant Police Chief Richard Cantu said the raid took place after investigators learned that the resident there, 48-year-old George Steven Ramirez, was possibly making and selling methamphetamine.
Cantu, commander of the Beeville Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team, called officers together for a raid on the address, and they entered the house just before 10 p.m on Wednesday night.
The assistant chief said he made sure SWAT team members were equipped with gas masks and protective equipment before entering the residence.
“The chemicals for making meth can be dangerous,” Cantu said. Some residents who said they were aware of the activity in the home had expressed concern over the danger the operation posed to the community.
Cantu said investigators obtained a warrant to search the property and surprised the occupants.
Ramirez already was wanted on a parole violation (blue warrant), making him ineligible for bond.
He was also charged with possession of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, a second degree felony, possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.
A 32-year-old woman who was in the residence at the time of the raid, identified as Michaela Ann Fuentes, was arrested on the same charges, not counting the parole violation charge.
If the suspects are convicted of the second degree felony, they could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison and fined $10,000.
A conviction of the state jail felony counts could land the defendants in a state jail facility for two years and result in a $10,000 fine.
A conviction on a Class C misdemeanor could result in a maximum $500 fine.
“We’re dealing with a meth lab,” Cantu said. The chemicals used to manufacture the drug can be quite volatile, and the confiscation of the ingredients will make the properties in the immediate area much safer.
Cantu said no officers, suspects or neighbors were injured in the raid.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.