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Recent drug busts include wanted Bexar County duo
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Evidence in the Floresville Police Department’s case against Ascension Pardo includes crystallized methamphetamine and several other items indicative of narcotics manufacture and sale.
Wilson County NewsMarch 14, 2012 3,747 views 1 comment
Area law-enforcement agencies continue their attack on illegal drugs.
Ascencion Pardo Jr., 19, of Floresville, is being held in the Wilson County Jail on $30,000 bond, according to jail records, charged with manufacture and delivery of more than 4 grams, but less than 200 grams, of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
Tips from area students led police to perform a consent search after 9 p.m. March 7 of Pardo’s home on First Street. They found crystallized methamphetamine, Xanax pills, a small quantity of marijuana, scales, and other drug paraphernalia in his bedroom. In addition, Sgt. Devin Keen and Patrolman Billy Herrera of the Floresville Police Department found a price list written on the back of an envelope addressed to Pardo’s parents.
Pardo, a student in the Floresville Independent School District’s CHOICES program, was allegedly bringing drugs to school, Keen said.
“It’s kind of sad when you take a kid to jail,” Keen said. “But the more you think about it, they’re getting other kids high and selling them drugs, and then I don’t feel sorry for them after that.”
Xanax, which is a brand name for Alprazolam, is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It is a commonly abused drug, according to government sources. In 2009, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported “16 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed.”
Keen said he and other officers within the department continue to work with officers from Floresville ISD’s police department to investigate all drug-related tips. It was through anonymous tips that police were able to arrest accused drug dealer, 18-year-old Michael Parra, March 1. Keen said investigations are ongoing and more arrests could follow.
Xanax also was recovered in an unrelated incident March 2, when Keen arrested two fugitives from Bexar County. In addition to her warrant, Christina Castro, 23, of San Antonio was arrested and charged with theft of property worth more than $50 but less than $500, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, and possession of less than 28 grams of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 3. Keen said a female guard in the Wilson County Jail found the drugs hidden on Castro when she was being booked.
Keen spotted a Dodge pickup truck occupied by Castro and 30-year-old Mark Anthony Alfaro of Floresville when the vehicle allegedly disregarded a stop sign at U.S. 181 and Plum Street. He stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of the Shell gas station at the corner of U.S. 181 and Standish Street. The vehicle contained cosmetics, plants, and other items stolen earlier that evening from the nearby H-E-B supermarket.
In addition to being charged with theft of property worth more than $50 but less than $500, Alfaro was arrested on two warrants charging him with aggravated robbery and one charging him with failure to appear.
Deputies Travis Beck and Crystal Zoeller of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Oswaldo Morales of Elmendorf and 17-year-old Brandon Leon Ard of Floresville March 5, and charged each with manufacture and delivery of more than 1 gram, but less than 4 grams, of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1. This was after Beck responded at 8:40 p.m. to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of C.R. 320 and Mariposa Lane north of Floresville.
During a search of the vehicle, the officers found 1.6 grams of methamphetamine, five boxes of pseudoephedrine, and numerous baggies used to package narcotics, said sheriff’s Investigator Roland Treviño.
Ard also was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear, related to a 2011 charge of burglary of a building.
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