Runnels County Sheriff’s Department seizes over 400 grams of meth.
During the first week of June the Runnels County Sheriff’s Department conducted an investigation into possible narcotics trafficking from Tom Green County into Runnels County. The investigation resulted in 3 arrests and 4 felony charges along with a seizure of over 400 grams of methamphetamine and 10 grams of cocaine.
On June 3, Runnels County sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle believed to be transporting narcotics in Miles, TX. During the traffic stop the deputies called in deputy D. Sumrall and her K9 partner to search the vehicle. The K9 alerted the officers to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle deputies discovered and seized 397.3 grams of methamphetamine. The average dose of methamphetamine is .25 grams, showing that the deputies took 1,573 doses of meth off the streets of Runnels County.
33-year-old Nicole Ann Galindo of San Angelo was arrested for Manufacture/Delivery of a controlled substance between 1 gram and 400 grams. Her bond was set at $20,000.00. Galindo had not made bond as of June 8th.
Arrested along with Galindo was 28-year-old Douglas Martinez, also of San Angelo, who was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a controlled substance between 1 gram and 400 grams. Martinez’s bond was set at $20,000.00. Martinez made bond on June 5th, 2020.
The charges are 1st degree felonies in Texas and punishable by 5-99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The narcotics busts didn’t stop there. On June 6 the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office conducted another traffic stop of a vehicle believed to be transporting illegal narcotics into Runnels County. The traffic stop was in the parking lot of Allsups convenience store on Hutchins Avenue in Ballinger.
A search of the vehicle was conducted and approximately 19.8 grams of a substance which tested positive for the presence of Methamphetamine as well as approximately 10.0 grams of a substance which tested positive for the presence of cocaine were located.
39-year-old Christopher Steven Roman was arrested and charged with two counts of Manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance between 1 gram and 200 grams. Both of those charges are also 2nd degree felonies which carries a sentence ranging from 2 - 20 years and a fine up to $10,000.
Bond was set at $15,000.00 per charge. Roman made bond on June 7th, 2020.
The grand total amount of meth taken off the streets was 417.1 grams.
Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres thanked the deputies involved in the arrests, “I would like to say thank you to the deputies who work very hard to keep this community safe and even work on their days off. Two of the deputies that helped in these arrests were off duty and came it to work the cases.” Squyres said that he believes the majority of the methamphetamine is coming into the Runnels County and is not being manufactured here, “I’d say that about 99% of the meth is coming from Mexico and is trafficked into the county from Abilene and San Angelo.”