On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 6, the largest methamphetamine bust in Atascosa County history, according to Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward, took place on US Highway 281 South in Pleasanton.
The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation which led to a 2009 Chrysler SUV being stopped by sheriff’s deputies and Texas Highway Patrol Troopers. Sheriff investigators and troopers discovered four plastic containers each filled with meth weighing at a total of 9 and a half pounds. The drug has a street value of $320,775.
Two alleged gang members from Houston were arrested and charged with Possesion with Intent to Deliver over 400 grams of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine, a first degree felony.
Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Max Peralta, Sergeant Investigator J. Martinez and Deputy Sheriff Ronald Sanchez, Jr. assisted in the arrest. DPS Narcotic Investigators and Pleasanton Police Lieutenant D. Harrell also assisted.
A 17-year-old female reported “missing” out of the Houston area was taken into custody and is being interviewed by investigators on the possibility of being a human trafficking victim.
“As far as I can determine, this is the largest methamphetamine bust ever made in this county. This load of methamphetamine has been determined to have been destined for dealers right here in Atascosa County. We are pleased to take this much ‘poison’ off the streets,” stated Sheriff Soward.