Victoria powerlifter, roommate facing drug charges

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

April 8, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2014 at 11:09 p.m.

A Victoria powerlifter and his roommate face felony drug charges and possibly a trial now that a grand jury has indicted both of them.

Christopher Pappillion, 34, is charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in four penalty groups.

Pappillion is also charged with possessing between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana and tampering or fabricating physical evidence with the intent to impair.

Pappillion is charged with possessing with the intent to deliver between 4 and 200 grams of cocaine, between 80 and 4,000 abuse units of LSD, about or more than 400 grams of synthetic marijuana and between 28 and 200 grams of an anabolic steroid, according to the indictment, which was filed April 3.

His roommate at the time, Fidel Salazar Jr., 29, faces similar but fewer charges.

Salazar was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in three penalty groups.

He also is charged with possessing between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana.

Penalty groups are the way the Legislature classifies types of drugs in the Texas Health and Safety Code.

Police arrested the men after officials searched the home Jan. 16 in the 200 block of Wearden Drive.

"They received tips about people who were buying narcotics out of that residence - narcotics as well as steroids," Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler said Tuesday.

Tyler said police were able to salvage drugs after Pappillion attempted to smash some vials and flush other drugs down a toilet.

Police observed Pappillion grabbing the vials. They also found a plant-like substance scattered throughout his room that they knew to be synthetic marijuana as well as a broken bottle containing liquid purported to be an anabolic steroid, among other things, according to a complaint.

The complaint goes on to say that in another bedroom, police found blotter paper, a common way to consume LSD. They also discovered hydrocodone pills in Salazar's wallet, according to the complaint.

When contacted Tuesday, Pappillion said he was not aware of the indictment and declined to talk about the case specifically. He said he and Salazar no longer live together.

Pappillion was "kicked out" of a competition after his arrest. While some powerlifting competitions have a drug testing policy, others do not, he said.

"I'm still lifting and chasing my goals no matter what," Pappillion said. "Whatever happened happened, and I'll live with the consequences and face those when they come."

Pappillion has set several records in the sport. A Stroman graduate, he finished first in the 245-pound weight division at the Pro-Am Power Station meet in 2012 by lifting 2,250 pounds, according to previous reports.

Pappillion has hired attorney Brent Dornburg, who declined to comment.

Salazar has not hired nor has he been appointed an attorney, according to court records.

Neither were in the Victoria County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.



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