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December 26, 2012 | 953 views | Post a comment

Two face charges, and charges are pending against at least one more, following a Dec. 15 drug bust on Eagle Creek Drive north of Floresville.

James Wesley Martinez, 32, of La Vernia and 27-year-old Eric Shane Oberlender of Floresville each were arrested and charged with possession of more than 1 gram but less than 4 grams of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1. According to jail records, both men were transported to the Wilson County Jail, where a magistrate judge set bond at $10,000 each. Oberlender since has been released, but Martinez still was in custody as of press time Dec. 21.

Investigator Roland Treviño of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said the two men were among a group of people in a home when sheriff’s Cpl. Gary Laughlin Jr. and deputies Travis Beck and Brad Brieden arrived there early in the afternoon. This was after someone reported that methamphetamine -- often called ‘meth’ -- was being used at that location and that drugs were being sold there.

The homeowner gave deputies consent to search the home, but Oberlender refused to allow a search of his bedroom. After establishing probable cause, Treviño said deputies obtained a search warrant to search the room. Crystallized methamphetamine, baggies, empty pouches, digital scales, and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the home, along with prescription medication belonging to Oberlender’s mother.
 

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