Sheriff’s deputies seize heroin during arrest


Sheriff David Soward stated his officers arrested a 33 year old Pleasanton man Thursday on 5 warrants for his failure to appear in court on charges of Assault on a Family Member, Burglary of a Habitation, two counts of Assault on a Public Servant and Drug Possession.

The sheriff explained that his deputies tracked down Joe Luis Rodriguez after the District and County Court at Law issued warrants for his arrest when he failed to show up for court. Deputy Sheriffs Terry Cooper and Stephen Wilson were able to track the suspect to a lodging facility near Jourdanton. Deputies were then able to determine that Rodriguez was staying at the lodging without the consent of the owner.

Officers surrounded the unit where Rodriguez unsuccessfully attempted to escape through a back window. Deputies took Rodriguez into custody without further incident. Lt. Investigator Max Peralta, who was supervising the operation, stated the officers found a bag containing several packages of heroin and methamphetamine along with a small amount of cash in it under a bed.

Sheriff Soward stated his investigators are conducting an investigation into the narcotics and expect to file drug possession with intent to deliver at a later date.

Sheriff Soward stated, “Anytime we can take this poison off the streets, we will, and we’ll continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners in doing so.”

Also assisting in the arrest was Jourdanton Police Officer Jonathan Gonzales.

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