Goliad County SO seizes $32,000 worth of cocaine
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GOLIAD COUNTY – Five people were detained and one charged with felony possession of a controlled substance early Wednesday morning after a Goliad County Sheriff's Office deputy and cadet pulled over a silver Dodge Minivan near the Goliad/Victoria county line on U.S. Highway 59.

At approximately 12:45 a.m., Deputy Paul Pearman and Cadet J. Catchings stopped the vehicle on a traffic violation. Two male passengers fled the vehicle across the highway. One of the men, Rigaberto Rodriguez-Martinez, 37, was captured by Pearman. Rodriguez-Martinez resisted arrest and attempted to take Pearman's Tazer gun, according to the GCSO report.

After the struggle, Rodriguez-Martinez was placed in handcuffs and transported to the GCSO jail. Found in a backpack belonging to Rodriguez-Martinez was 253 gram of cocaine with an estimated street value of $32,000.

A female driver of the vehicle and three other male passengers were detained. It was determined that the male passengers were undocumented immigrants in the country illegally.

Rodriguez-Martinez was charged with first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer and third-degree felony assault on a public servant.

The female driver and remaining male passengers were transported to the GCSO jail and held for border patrol agents.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., deputies with the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office located the last remaining passenger who had fled. The subject was turned over to the GCSO and later remanded to the custody of border patrol agents.
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