Five charged in Raymondville drug bust

July 24, 2018

RAYMONDVILLE — Two women remain in the Willacy County Jail on charges stemming from a drug raid on a mobile home described as a so-called “one-stop shop.”

Reyes Guerra, 50, was being held on more than $170,000 bail, while Nereyda Carrion, 40, was being held on more than $140,000 bail.

Both are charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1, four counts of possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 2 and possession of marijuana and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Guerra also faces two counts endangerment of a child because there were two children in the mobile home.

Meanwhile, Mario Guerra, 52, Isaac Benitez, 18, and Martha Guerrero, 36, were released after posting bond.

They are charged with possession of marijuana under two ounces and engaging in criminal activity.

The five defendants were arrested Friday in a raid on a mobile home off Emma Ross Road.

“Numerous citizens came forward, seeing suspicious activity and reporting it,” Detective Sgt. Andres Maldonado said yesterday. “We conducted a lengthy, thorough investigation.”

Authorities seized 15.1 grams of crack cocaine, 3.9 grams of powder cocaine, 4.36 ounces of synthetic marijuana, 3.05 ounces of marijuana, three non-prescribed patches of fentanyl and a 9mm pistol, Major Ernie Garcia said.

Maldonado said the bust netted the county’s first seizure of methamphetamine in years.

“It raised a few eyebrows,” Maldonado said. “Hopefully, this will lead to further busts.”

Garcia called the operation “a one-stop shop” of “street-level narcotics.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s investigative unit, the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force and the Willacy County District Attorneys Office assisted in the case, Garcia said.

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