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Cranking up a marriage: Grand jury indicts couple for cooking meth
by Gary Kent
Apr 15, 2014 | 279 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – A Beeville couple faces possible 20-year prison sentences if they are convicted on second degree felony charges filed by Beeville Police Department investigators.

Roman and Irene Me rlo were indicted on charges of possession of a certain chemical to manufacture a controlled substance by Bee County Grand Jury members.

The maximum 20-year sentence could come with an order to pay a $10,000 fine if the two are convicted in court.

According to the indictment, the 40-year-old man and his 36-year-old wife were found to have chemicals that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine on July 26, 2012.

Bonds for both suspects were set at $5,000 by District Judge Janna Whatley.

Others named in recent indictments included:

•Edwin Michael Rhodes on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, 1-200 grams.

The charge is a second degree felony.

Highway Patrol Trooper Kolton Kendall alleged that Rhodes, 21, had oxycodone in his possession on Sept. 4, 2012.

Bond was set at $20,000.

•Cynthia Bernice Guevarra-Garcia in a two-count indictment on charges of engaging in money transmission without a license and money laundering.

The second count is a second degree felony. The first count is a third degree felony.

If convicted of the first count, the 31-year-old defendant could face a 10-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

Investigators alleged that Guevarra-Garcia had between $100,000 and $200,000 in alleged narcotics proceeds in her possession on Dec. 24, 2104.

Bond was $10,000.

•Jesus Maldonado Jr. on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more. The charge was enhanced to a second degree felony because Maldonado, 34, had a previous felony conviction.

BPD Detective Matt Miller alleged that Maldonado was driving drunk on April 5, 2015, and that he had two previous DWI convictions on April 16, 2003, in Bee County.

The charge was enhanced because the defendant had another felony DWI conviction on Dec. 13, 2004, in Bee County.

Bond was $3,000.

•Kevin Tobar on a charge of bail jumping, a third degree felony.

According to District Court Bailiff Bill Lazenby Tobar was to have appeared in court on March 18 while he was out on a $5,000 bond on a charge of DWI with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle but he failed to appear.

Bond was $30,000.

•Matilda Hilda Arrisola on a charge of bail jumping, a third degree felony.

Lazenby alleged that the defendant failed to appear in court on Feb. 11 while out on a $1,000 bond on a forgery charge.

Bond was $20,000.

•Juan Carlos Balderas on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third degree felony.

Bee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Investigator Steve Linam alleged that the 40-year-old suspect had a firearm in his possession on Sept. 29, 2012. That was less than five years after his release from supervision on a conviction on a charge of aggravated kidnapping on Oct. 8, 2002.

Bond was $10,000.

•Rodolfo Almadarize Medina on a charge of DWI, third or more. The charge is a third degree felony.

According to Trooper Kendall, the 32-year-old defendant was driving drunk on July 3, 2013.

He had previous DWI convictions on May 7, 2007, in Galveston County and on June 27, 2008, in Hidalgo County.

Bond was $7,000.

•Armando Mendez, also known as Almando Mendez, on a charge of injury to a child, a third degree felony.

BPD Detective Chris Vasquez alleged that Mendez injured a child age 14 or younger by contacting him with his hand on Dec. 5, 2013.

Bond was $5,000.

•Melissa Bass Durment, also known as Melissa Pillow Bass, on a charge of DWI, third or more

The charge is a third degree felony.

Trooper Kendall accused the defendant of driving while intoxicated on Feb. 19, 2013.

The 42-year-old defendant had previous DWI convictions on May 21, 2003, and Oct. 4, 2012, both in Bee County.

Bond was $5,000.

•Johnny Monsevais on a charge of DWI, third or more, a third degree felony.

Trooper Kendall alleged that the 34-year-old suspect was driving while intoxicated on May 18, 2013.

He had two previous DWI convictions, both on April 14, 2011, in Bee County.

Bond was $3,000.

•Conrad Pedro Ruiz on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, one to four grams.

The charge is a third degree felony.

BPD investigators charged that Ruiz had methamphetamine in his possession on Oct. 5, 2013.

Bond was $2,500.

•Thomas Ryan O’Neil on two counts of criminally negligent homicide, both state jail felonies.

According to Highway Patrol Trooper Marvin Baker, O’Neil was passing a vehicle in a no-passing zone on April 6, 2014, when he allegedly caused an accident that resulted in the deaths of two persons.

Bond was $10,000.

•Rodolfo Urbina, 54, on a charge of theft of a firearm, a state jail felony. If convicted, Urbina faces a two-year term in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine.

According to BPD Detective Greg Baron, the defendant took a firearm from another man on July 28, 2013.

Bond was $3,000.

•Jerrett Ross Remmers on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

According to a BPD investigator, the 29-year-old defendant had methadone in his possession on March 23, 2013.

Bond was $1,500.

•Roy Trejo on a charge of possession of marijuana, between four ounces and five pounds.

The charge is a state jail felony.

BCSO Deputy Investigator Delilah Pier claimed that the 31-year-old defendant had the drug on Jan. 24, 2012.

Bond was $1,500.

•Lewis Langley in a two-count indictment on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and possession of marijuana, between four ounces and five pounds.

Both charges are state jail felonies.

Investigators alleged that he had the drugs on March 8, 2012.

Bond was $1,000.

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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