The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office made a significant seizure of drugs, cash and money last week following a short highspeed pursuit in Poteet. Dispatchers received a call of a reckless driver around 1:25 a.m. near Poteet. A deputy on routine patrol nearby spotted the vehicle and when he attempted to stop it, the driver fled west on School Drive at a high rate of speed refusing to stop. At the intersection of Texas Highway 16 the driver lost control of the Dodge Charger after jumping the curb and hitting a cement telephone line structure causing the Charger to flip. The deputy along with Poteet Police removed the two occupants from the vehicle and detained them. EMS was called to treat the occupants at the scene.
A search of the vehicle by sheriff’s deputies uncovered approximately one pound of high grade Methamphetamine, 60 grams of Cocaine and two firearms. Deputies also seized $1,900 in cash that is believed to have been derived from the illegal sale of the narcotics. The drugs have a street value of $49,000 according to the sheriff.
Sheriff David Soward said the cash was seized pursuant to Chapter 59 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and forfeiture proceedings will be initiated in district court by District Attorney Rene Pena’s office.
Sheriff Soward identified the driver as David Khalil Karimi, 40, of San Antonio. Karimi was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine over 200 grams with intent to deliver; Possession of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine over 4 grams and under 200 with intent to deliver; Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 over 28 grams with intent to deliver; Evading Arrest with a Vehicle and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. Total bond on Karimi was set at $296,000 by J.P. Orlando Carrasco. The passenger, Eleanor Arzola, 33, of San Antonio was charged with the same three drug charges as Karimi and with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. Sheriff Soward said that bond on Arzola was set at $286,000 by Judge Carrasco.
Sheriff Soward stated the arrest and seizure of the drugs was a huge bust for the sheriff’s office as sheriff’s investigators have identified the suspect as a “major narcotics supplier” for this area.
Both suspects remain in the Atascosa County Jail in lieu of bond, Soward said.
Deputies participating in the arrest and subsequent investigation were J. D. Ruiz, Daniel Gamez, Sergeant John Rothenbach and Lt. Investigator Max Peralta.