Webb County Constables in full force have turned up the heat a notch tracking convicted felons and those bringing drugs into our community. Pro 8 News reporter Brenda Medina tells us how simple traffic stops have led them to a significant amount of arrests all within a short time frame.
Over the past month Sergeant Danny Donovan with Constable Rudy Rodriguez's office and his staff has seen an increase in suspects carrying weapons and large amounts of drugs out on the roadway.
"Drugs, drug paraphernalia, we've been coming across all types,” said Sgt. Danny Donovan from Constable Precinct 1.
Steven Martinez, 19, was pulled over for running a stop sign Thursday afternoon. Upon further investigation deputies discovered 183 downer pills including Xanex in his vehicle."They were going somewhere because it wasn't for personal use,” Donovan said.The drugs had a street value of close to $4,000.
Less than an hour later they stopped another vehicle in south Laredo for failing to put on his turn signal. This time the passenger, a convicted felon, 22-year-old William Agustin Schunior was carrying a 40 caliber loaded weapon.
"It could've been used very easily. He could've used it upon one of our officers. Luckily and thank God he didn't use it,” said Donovan.
A major concern they said is most of these incidents are happening near a weapon free zone.
"Unfortunately it's done a lot around school zones. For example the one we just did right now is close to a day care. The one previously to this about half an hour ago was done close to a church and an elementary school,” Donovan added.
Schunior was charged for unlawful possession of a firearm.
Martinez faces felony two charges for possession of a controlled substance.
Both will also be charged for carrying the drugs and weapons in a weapon and drug free zone.