NVID RAID DISRUPTS SOUTHSIDE DRUG OPERATION

Officers with the CCPD Narcotics & Vice Investigations Division (NVID) believe they have disrupted a major drug distribution operation after serving a search warrant Friday afternoon at a residence in the 1800 block of Leslie Lane.  The search warrant was the culmination of a months-long undercover investigation of the occupants and their involvement in the distribution of illegal narcotics within the City of Corpus Christi. 

During the search of the residence NVID investigators seized approximately ten and a half pounds of cocaine, nearly one pound of methamphetamine, twenty-six pounds of hydroponic marijuana, a quarter ounce of crack cocaine, and a small assortment of other illegal drugs, along with over $8,000.00 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug dealing.  In addition to the illicit drugs and cash, officers seized one semi-automatic rifle, five handguns and body armor.   The drugs had a combined street value of almost $200,000, according to investigators. 

Arrested during the raid were 47-year-old Reynaldo Garcia and 71-year-old Beatrice Mendoza.  Both face felony charges of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony punishable by from five to ninety-nine years in prison.

The large amount of seized drugs, cash and weaponry suggests this residence was a large-scale supplier of narcotics within Corpus Christi.