On October 4th, Jourdanton Police Officer Wade Middleton received information that a subject who was wanted for three outstanding arrest warrants was staying at the Holiday Inn Express/ Jourdanton. With this information, police confirmed that the wanted subject, later identified as Steven Martinez (age 43) of Pleasanton was indeed staying at the hotel.
Officers knocked on the door and after an extended period of talking to officers through the door, a man opened the door and surrendered himself, while a second male scurried about the hotel room. When the second male came to the door, officers detained him to ascertain which individual was actually the wanted subject. The first male was identified as the wanted person (Martinez) and the other male was identified as Domingo Guzman (age 42) of Jourdanton. When officers patted down Guzman they found a hypodermic needle, which Guzman admitted that he had used to inject heroin.
When officers searched the hotel room they found several grams of heroin that was packaged for re-sale as well as scales, bags and other paraphernalia consistent with narcotics sales. A bag of marijuana was also located in the room, as well as an undisclosed amount of currency.
Both Guzman and Martinez were charged with possession of marijuana, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition Martinez was charged with the three outstanding warrants for criminal trespassing.
The bond was set at $83,000 for each defendant.
Chief Eric Kaiser praised the work of Officer Wade Middleton and Officer Willie Galloway and stated “These officers started with what would be considered a routine warrant service and ended up shutting down individuals who were peddling poison in our city.”
Both Martinez and Guzman face penalties of up to 20 years in state prison and fines of over $10,000.