Victoria County sheriff’s officials seized about 12 pounds of suspected synthetic marijuana from two Victoria residents during a traffic stop Wednesday night.

That amount of synthetic marijuana is estimated to be worth about $40,000 locally, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Christian Marie Castillo

Christian Marie Castillo, 25, of Victoria.

Christian Marie Castillo, 25, and Daniel Eugene King, 36, remained in the Victoria County Jail on Thursday afternoon. Both are charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than 400 grams, a first-degree felony, which is punishable with up to five to 99 years or life in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Castillo’s bond was set at $40,000, and King’s bond was $42,500.

Members of the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit arrested Castillo and King after stopping a vehicle on U.S. 59 near Beck Road about 10:35 p.m.

According to the sheriff’s office, the vehicle that was stopped is connected with an ongoing investigation into a drug-trafficking organization that operates in and around Victoria.

The Victoria Police Department is assisting with that investigation.

In January 2017, a Victoria County grand jury indicted King on three counts of abandoning or endangering a child by criminal negligence, a state jail felony; possession of a controlled substance between 1-4 grams, a third-degree felony; and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, a first-degree felony.

In July 2017, a grand jury indicted him for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance less than 1 gram in a drug-free zone, a felony of an unspecified degree, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, a third-degree felony.

King is scheduled for trial Aug. 8.

Castillo has no criminal record in Victoria County.

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Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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