On Sunday, February 07, 2016, Deputies from The Zapata County Sheriff’s Office were stationary on Texas Hwy 16 monitoring traffic when they observed a black in color Chevrolet pickup traveling east bound on Texas Hwy 16 . As the deputies pursed the pickup truck it accelerated and turned into the JRJ oilfield yard and parked in between two semi-pickup trucks. Upon approaching the pick-up truck, the driver of the pickup truck had taken off on foot. The Deputies searched the surrounding area but no sign of the driver. The Deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the black pick-up truck. Upon a more thorough search of the pick-up truck, The Zapata County Sheriff’s Deputies came across 25 black in colored bundles being concealed in the bed of the truck covered by a tunnel truck cover believed to be marijuana. One of the bundles was cut open with the knife to reveal the contents contained with-in. The contents appeared to be a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The 25 bundles were seized, processed, and weighed by The Zapata County Sheriff’s Office and Investigators’ Unit. The total amount of weight for the 25 bundles was 576.2 pounds. No suspects were arrested. The Case is still under Investigation. If anyone has any information on this Crime, Please call The Zapata County Sheriff’s Office (956)765-9960 or The Zapata County Crime Stoppers at (956)765-Tips.
On January 28, 2016, Zapata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators assigned to the Laredo Police HIDTA Task Force executed a search warrant at the 1300 block and 6th Street, in Zapata, Texas. During the execution of the search warrant a male subject identified as Abraham Bernabe Presas was in possession of 32 plastic baggies containing cocaine. Another male subject identified as Ricardo Alberto Gaxiola was detained and found to be in possession of a 22 caliber pistol. While searching the structures inside the property, investigators found 2 more baggies containing cocaine, a 9mm Beretta, a two-way radio programmed with the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office frequency, two digital scales, 28 winchester .45 caliber bullets, (4) .357 mag bullets, and $1,508.46 in U.S. Currency.
Presas was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, to wit: cocaine, Felony 2. Gaxiola was released pending federal gun charges from ATF due to Gaxiola being a convicted felon. The investigation was conducted by the HIDTA Task Force Officers, The Zapata County Sheriff’s Investigators Unit, and Deputies.
Message from the Sheriff:
UTILITY BILL SCAM WARNING:
Zapata County Sheriff Alonso M. Lopez advises Zapata County residents about a resent utility bill scam. The Scammers are calling Zapata County Water Works’ customers about a past due bill which must be paid urgently by phone or meet in person, otherwise the services will be terminated effective immediately.
We have identified the number for our citizen’s recognition. the number is (956) 545-0287.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be your local water works office and you feel you are being victim of such scam, please call your local Water District Office and verify with them before you take any action.