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Update: Man facing charges of possession as a result of investigation

Authorities were called out to a home at the 2700 block of Napoleon Street and South Louisiana.
Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 9:50 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 at 10:08 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - A man is facing charges in connection to a raid that forced an elementary school to go into lockdown last week.

An ongoing investigation between the Webb County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT led to the arrest of 21-year-old Ernesto Chaires.

The incident happened on Thursday, Feb. 25 after authorities received a tip regarding suspicious activity near a home near the 2700 block of Napoleon and South Louisiana.

The investigation prompted Santo Nino Elementary, a nearby school to be placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

According to Chief Scott Avant, the investigation led to the discovery of marijuana and several thousand dollars in cash.

Chaires was charged with possession of marijuana.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with concerns about similar activity to call either dispatch at 523-4408 or their anonymous tip line at 415-2878.

Parents, faculty, and students were in a panic after a lockdown took place at Santo Nino Elementary, armed sheriff deputies and the SWAT team were visible at the 2700 block of Napoleon and South Louisiana.

Sheriff deputies dived into the area by an elementary school early Thursday morning and SWAT assistance swept into ensure no one, especially the young students nearby, were at risk.

Reports suggest it was all the result of a tip to officers.

Officers were prepared to fight off any resistance to any laws in place, especially since Santo Nino Elementary was within walking distance.

“We had been conducting a long term investigation,” said Chief Scott Avant. “Our investigation led to one arrest and marijuana and over several thousand dollars of U.S. currency.”

Chief Avant says agents were ready to take action.

At around nine Thursday morning, authorities responded to the call.

Santo Nino Elementary School officials placed the school under lockdown as a precautionary measure.

Officers in the area had been surveying a home in the neighborhood.

The issue remains under investigation.

“You can find criminal doing just about anywhere and it’s not uncommon, unfortunately, to be conducted in school areas.”

KGNS contacted LISD and they issued this statement:

“The school was placed on lockdown. Officers were conducting a raid in the vicinity. The lockdown lasted approximately 45 minutes. Instruction continued at Santo Nino as scheduled and no injuries were reported.”

The district wants to ensure that no one was hurt in Thursday morning’s incident and that instruction still took place.

One man was taken into custody and further arrests could still take place.

“More than $7,000 in CAS & U.S. currency were seized as part of the ongoing investigation,” said Eduardo Chapa.

Despite all the chaos, officers are confident the worst is behind them.

“As we develop information, we’ll see where it takes us.”

Agents tell us they can’t release any names or specifics about the case until they can determine if anyone else needs to be taken into custody.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with concerns about similar activity to call either dispatch at 523-4408 or their anonymous tip line at 415-2878.

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