Traffic stops in Fort Bend lead to narcotic arrests
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Two different men were arrested and charged with trafficking drugs through Fort Bend County in March. Last week Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel released information about two different March drug busts by sheriff’s deputies last week.
In the first incident announced, deputies seized almost a quarter of a million dollars after stopping a southbound truck on U.S. 59 in Rosenberg. In that incident, on March 19, 2013, a deputy and his drug sniffing “deputy dog” that is attached to the narcotics unit, stopped a tractor-trailer rig, reportedly for a traffic violation near FM 2218.
According to Haenel, during that stop, the “deputy dog” discovered $231,830 in U.S. currency concealed in fake batteries mounted in the tractor. The driver, identified as Marcos Camacho, 48, of Humble, was arrested and booked for Money Laundering. He has posted a $15,000 bond and is out of jail pending trial.
The second narcotics incident occurred on March 26, 2013, it too was based on yet another federal tip. In this case, Haenel said the deputy assigned to narcotics and his “deputy dog” were working drug interdiction near Stafford on Staffordshire Road at Fifth Street.
Haenel said during this roadside investigation, the “deputy dog” located five bundles of marijuana in the trunk of that detained vehicle. Haenel said the marijuana had a total weight of 14.8 pounds with an estimated street value of $10,000.
Jacques Verdin, 27, of Stafford, who was driving the car, was arrested for possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $20,000. However; since he was already out of jail on three other felony drug charges all bonds were revoked and reinstated at $50,000 each. At press time Verdin remained in jail.
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