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Grand jury indicts defendant on drug, evading charges
by Gary Kent
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 Noah Paul Meza
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BEEVILLE — Bee County Grand Jury members returned a three-count indictment on July 3 against a 29-year-old Beeville resident that could land him in jail for life.

The charges in the indictment were filed after an incident on Jan. 10 of this year when Noah Paul Meza allegedly tried to keep evidence from Deputy Sgt. Brandon Burdick and then fled the scene in a vehicle.

Meza’s charges included evading detention with a vehicle, tampering with physical evidence and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Each of the first two charges was enhanced to a second degree felony and the third charge was enhanced to a penalty range from 15 to 99 years or life in prison.

The indictment alleges that on January 10 the defendant had between four and 200 grams of cocaine when the incident took place and that he tried to hide the evidence to avoid arrest.

If convicted of a second degree felony, Meza could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000 on each count.

The charges were enhanced because Meza had a previous felony conviction on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine one to four grams, in a drug-free zone on June 1, 2000 in Bee County.

District Judge Joel Johnson set the defendant’s bond at $12,500.

Others named in felony indictments include:

•Jesse Cantu on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The charge is a second degree felony.

Beeville Police Department Patrolman Greg Baron investigated a Nov. 24, 2011 incident in which Cantu allegedly displayed a knife, threatening another man and said, “I will stick you.”

Bond was $20,000.

•Crisoforo Moya Jr. on a charge of aggravated assault, threat with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.

According to BPD Patrolman Mark Cruz, the 66-year-old defendant threatened a man with a firearm and struck him with his hand during an incident on Sept. 3, 2011.

Bond was $5,000.

•Trevor Jerrell Williams on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, between four and 200 grams.

The offense is a second degree felony.

According to a state investigator Williams was found with the drug on March 24, 2011.

Bond was $10,000.

•Taurino Alberto Alvarez on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, enhanced to a second degree felony.

BPD Patrolman Josh Meakins alleged that Alvarez had cocaine in his possession at the Bee County Jail on Oct. 29, 2011.

The charge was enhanced because Alvarez had a previous conviction on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility on May 16, 2007 in Live Oak County.

Bond was $2,500.

•Derek Creighton Briones on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.

The charge is a third degree felony. If convicted the defendant could spend 10 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.

BPD Patrolmen Meakins a Baldo Salazar alleged that Briones attempted to avoid arrest on March 23 by fleeing from them in a vehicle.

Bond was $3,000.

•Rosana Alvarez on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, a third degree felony.

According to Patrolman Salazar, Alvarez fled from him in a vehicle on Feb. 18.

Bond was $1,000.

•Isaac Jacob Rios on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, from one to four grams.

The offense is a third degree felony.

Patrolman Meakins alleged that Rios had the drug on Nov. 27, 2011.

Bond was $3,000.

•Francisco A. Gonsalez on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more.

The offense is a third degree felony.

State officers alleged that he committed the offense on Feb. 26.

He had previous DWI convictions on April 23, 1984 and on May 2, 2001, both in Lamb County.

Bond was $5,000.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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