Sheriff's office releases suspect names in raids

Jon Wilcox By Jon Wilcox

May 13, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.
Updated May 14, 2017 at 6 a.m.

One Stop Tire Shop, located at 3509 Houston Highway, is raided by Homeland Security Investigations Gang Unit agents and Sheriff's Office deputies on Friday.

One Stop Tire Shop, located at 3509 Houston Highway, is raided by Homeland Security Investigations Gang Unit agents and Sheriff's Office deputies on Friday.   Angela Piazza/apiazza@vicad.com for The Victoria Advocate

Victoria County Sheriff's Office officials Saturday released the names of eight people arrested in four simultaneous raids that occurred Friday.

Although sheriff's office officials said Friday they had arrested 10 people in total, they said Saturday only nine were taken into custody.

About 60 law enforcement officers from various state and local agencies raided two tire shops and two residences in Victoria at 2 p.m. Friday.

Chief Deputy Roy Boyd, of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, described those raids as the largest law enforcement operation he has witnessed in his 23-year law enforcement career in Victoria. Additionally, the sheriff's office led the investigation, which focused on a criminal organization with ties to Mexican cartels, Boyd said.

Four pounds of cocaine, estimated to be valued at $60,000, was seized along with $50,000 in cash, 10 vehicles and 400 tires, according to a sheriff's office official.

Daniel Martinez III, 35, of Richmond, was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than 400 grams, engaging in organized criminal activity and money laundering between $2,500 and $30,000, according to jail records.

As of 5:15 p.m. Saturday, he remained in the Victoria County Jail on bonds totaling $210,000.

Daniel Martinez was listed as the owner of both One Stop Tire Shops at 1301 N. Laurent St. and 3509 Houston Highway. No one answered the door at either location Saturday afternoon.

Three Victoria residents arrested Friday afternoon were listed as residing at 3001 Circle St., one of the residences raided.

Rosa Maria-Banda Contreras, 57; Raul Contreras Martinez, 27; and Maria Hortencia Galdamez, 29, are residents at 3001 Circle St., according to jail records.

As of 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Contreras and Martinez remained in the Victoria County Jail, each on bonds totaling $175,000. Galdamez, who was also still jailed, was being held on bonds totaling $210,000.

At the Circle Street residence, the home's front door was ajar and its threshold was broken. No one answered the door there Saturday.

Galdamez is suspected of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than 400 grams, engaging in organized criminal activity and money laundering between $2,500 and $30,000.

Martinez and Contreras are suspected of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Kristina Renee Villarreal, 28, who was arrested Friday, was listed as residing at 407 W. Convent St. - the second raided residence, according to jail records.

Villarreal is suspected of possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces. She had bonded out of the jail as of 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

A woman answered the door at 407 W. Convent St. on Saturday afternoon. She declined to comment.

Stephanie Marie Laguna, 24, of Victoria, was arrested on a Class C misdemeanor warrant and suspicion of possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

Jennifer Nicole Villarreal, 29, of Victoria, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces. Laguna and Villarreal had bonded out of the jail as of Saturday afternoon on bonds totaling less than $1,000 each.

Mario Josue Hernandez, 29, of Victoria, remained in the Victoria County Jail as of Saturday afternoon on bonds totaling $100,000. He is suspected of engaging in organized criminal activity.

The identity of the ninth person was unavailable from the sheriff's office Saturday. Mug shots of the suspects also were not available.


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