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, 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.