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Drug investigation leads to downtown traffic stop
by Gary Kent
Feb 05, 2014 | 203 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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BEEVILLE — A Monday afternoon traffic stop on North St. Mary’s Street downtown resulted in the arrests of four suspects on fraud and drug possession charges.

Detective Sgt. Art Gamez said information provided to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Beeville Police Department resulted in a probe that led to the arrests.

After learning that a group of individuals had been filling fraudulent prescriptions at a local pharmacy, Gamez said surveillance was set up at the location where the suspects were expected to pick up some drugs on Monday afternoon.

As detectives watched, the suspects filled the prescription and left the business.

Officers intercepted the suspect’s vehicle downtown and made the arrests at about 3:30 p.m.

Those arrested included two women, 45-year-old Michelle Ann Bernal and 24-year-old Rachel Alexandria Soliz, and two men, 20-year-old Rudolph Gonzales Jr. and 21-year-old Jovan Villarreal, who also were taken into custody.

All suspects were charged with fraud-possession of a controlled substance, prescription level III and IV, and engaging in organized criminal activity.

The fraud and possession charge is a third degree felony. If convicted, the suspects could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000.

The organized criminal activity charge is a second degree felony. That offense is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Gamez said Gonzales was also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, penalty groups three and four. Those charges are third degree felonies.

Gamez said the case still is under investigation.
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