Sheriff’s office deputies confiscate cocaine and synthetic marijuana at jail

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

LAREDO, TX (Webb County) – In two separate incidents between Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning, Webb County Sheriff’s Office deputies intercepted a small dosage of cocaine and a small amount of synthetic marijuana intended to make its way into the Webb County Jail.

In the first incident, Laredo Police Department initially brought Roberto Martinez, 33, to the jail Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. on two theft warrants. However, during intake procedures, correctional officers found a white powdery substance. Further inspection revealed the substance to be cocaine.

Martinez was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance. He remains at the Webb County Jail in lieu of a total bond of $20,000 on both theft charges and without bond on the possession of controlled substance charge.

During the second incident, reported Wednesday at 1:15 a.m., Laredo Police brought Raul de Luna, 18, on possession of marijuana charges. However, during intake procedures, correctional officers noticed the suspect take something out of his right shoe and place it inside the right jean pocket. Further inspection revealed the green leafy substance to be synthetic marijuana, also known as K-2.

De Luna was additionally charged with possession of a prohibited substance inside a correctional facility. He remains at the Webb County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond on the possession of marijuana charge and without bond on the possession of a controlled substance inside a correctional facility charge.

Sheriff Martin Cuellar said the correctional officers’ willingness to go the extra mile to ensure the safety of all inmates was evident in their quick reaction during both incidents.


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