Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward released information on a recent major drug and weapon arrest and credited an alert deputy in making the bust. At approximately 4:00 a.m. on May 11, Deputy D. Kaufman was on patrol on FM 476 several miles west of Poteet when he observed a vehicle come off Rendon Road and go west towards Rossville.
Due to some recent burglaries and thefts in the general vicinity the deputy took notice of the vehicle. According to Sheriff Soward, the deputy observed the driver commit a minor traffic violation and he initiated a stop on River Oaks Drive off of FM 2504. While talking with the driver, Deputy Kaufman detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The deputy conducted a search of the vehicle and located a purple cloth bag allegedly containing “hydro” marijuana, a high grade version of the drug. The deputy also allegedly located approximately 4 grams of heroin, three grams of cocaine, nine grams Ecstasy, less than two ounces of marijuana along with two pistols, a machete, two clubs and a pair of brass knuckles.
Officers also recovered a gorilla mask from the suspect’s vehicle.
The suspect, identified as Jamie Lee Garcia, 33, of the 500 block of Avenue D in Poteet, was booked into the Atascosa
County Jail. Garcia was charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group One with intent to deliver over 1 gram, one count of Possession of CS in
Penalty Group Two over
4 grams, Possession of Marijuana under 2 ounces, Possession of a
Prohibited Weapon, two counts of Unlawfully
Carrying of a Weapon,
Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia, Driving while license invalid and
Theft of a Firearm. One of the pistols confiscated had been reported stolen to Pleasanton
Total bond on Garcia was set at $177,000 by Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, Jackie Bodden. Sheriff Soward stated Garcia remains in jail in lieu of bond.