Ballinger Police seize 15 lbs of meth and gun

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register

Special to the Register from corporal Suzanne Torres of the Ballinger Police Department.

A pistol (that was loaded) and a methamphetamine that resulted from a traffic stop by Ballinger Police on November 15.

On November 15, 2020 at approximately 0600 hours, Ballinger Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the 1900 block of Hutchings Ave in the City of Ballinger, Texas, seizing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and approximately 15 pounds of methamphetamine.

The F-150 vehicle, driven by suspect Carlos Hernandez from San Angelo, Texas, had been traveling 48 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour area, westbound.

After the vehicle stopped, the officer spoke to the suspect and explained the reason for the stop and asked where the driver was coming from. Hernandez told the officer he was coming from Dallas where he paid his lawyer there for an evading arrest charge. Hernandez further told the officer his driver’s license was suspended and he probably had a warrant out of Weatherford, Texas. While he was speaking, the officer detected the odor of marijuana and asked Hernandez about it, where he then produced a small clear bag containing marijuana, handing it to the officer.

A portion of the methamphetamine seized by the Ballinger Police Department on November 15. The seizure resulted from a traffic stop for speeding.

Due to the possibility of additional narcotics, the officer had Hernandez step out of the vehicle, patted him down for weapons and officer safety, then placed him in the back seat of the patrol unit to further investigate the vehicle.In the backseat area behind the driver’s seat, the officer saw a large black backpack. The officer opened one of the flaps and saw a clear plastic with some tape around it and white crystal-like material on the inside. This material was field tested and returned positive for methamphetamine.

An additional 11 more such packages were inside the black backpack, all weighing collectively approximately 15 pounds. Along with the methamphetamine, a loaded .40 caliber handgun was located inside the same backpack. Other items included drug paraphernalia. Hernandez was arrested on scene for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, unlawful carrying of a weapon, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 of over 400 grams, and for an active warrant for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle out of Parker County, Texas. The methamphetamine charge is a First-Degree Felony. Hernandez is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.This case has been transferred to the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force.