Grand jurors indict man on choking, drug charges
by Gary Kent
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BEEVILLE – Quirino Torres Jr. faces a possible 10-year prison sentence if he is convicted on a charge of assault, family violence, choking.

Torres was named in two separate indictments on three different charges when the Bee County Grand Jury met earlier this month.

The 30-year-old defendant was accused of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and tampering with evidence. Both charges are included in one indictment.

The second indictment was on a charge of assault, family violence, choking.

The possession charge is a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years in a state jail facility.

But the tampering with evidence and assault charges are both third degree felonies.

Third degree felonies are punishable by a prison sentence of from two to 10 years and a fine of $10,000.

According to the first indictment, the defendant had less than an ounce of methamphetamine in his possession on April 5. Patrolman John Berry of the Beeville Police Department also alleged that Torres destroyed a prescription medication, hydrocodone, during the same incident.

In the second indictment, BPD Patrolman Jordan Tindol alleged that Torres choked a woman with whom he had a dating relationship on Dec. 3, 2012.

Bonds were set by District Judge Joel Johnson at $20,000 on the assault charge and at $2,000 on the drug charges.

Grand jurors also returned a two-count indictment on 29-year-old Eloy Salazar on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a drug-free zone and possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

The first count is a state jail felony, but the second count is a second degree felony. If convicted of the second count, Salazar could be sentenced to a 20-year term in prison and fined $10,000.

A BPD investigator alleged that the defendant intended to deliver between three and 28 grams of alprazolam and that he possessed between four and 200 grams of hydrocodone on Dec. 8, 2012.

Also, the defendant allegedly had the drugs within 300 feet of a video arcade at 502 E. FM 351.

Bond was $25,000.

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