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Grand jury indicts suspects on drug charges
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BEEVILLE – A suspect who tried to conceal a prescription drug from a Texas Department of Public Safety canine officer faces a possible 10-year prison sentence if he is convicted of any of three counts listed in a grand jury indictment.

Bee County grand jurors returned six third degree felony indictments and five state jail felony indictments when they met on July 17.

The suspect mentioned above was identified as Lonni Obed Baker.

According to Trooper Jason Galvan, Baker used a motor vehicle to flee from him on Feb. 9, 2013. The indictment also includes a charge of tampering with physical evidence and another count of possession of a controlled substance, between one and four grams.

Galvan alleged that the controlled substance was hydrocodone, a prescription pain medication.

All three counts were third degree felonies. If convicted of any of those charges, he could be sentenced to 10 years in a state prison unit and fined $10,000.

His bond was set at $5,500 by District Judge Janna Whatley.

Others indicted last month included:

•Guadalupe Mendez Jr. on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.

The charge is a third degree felony.

A DPS investigator alleged that Mendez, 60, had between one and four ounces of the drug on Feb. 9, 2013.

Bond was $3,000.

•Gilbert Gutierrez Andrade on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, also a third degree felony.

The allegation was made against the 63-year-old suspect on Feb. 9, 2013 by a DPS investigator.

Andrade, of Aransas Pass, also is considered a habitual offender because he had prior felony convictions that included one on a charge of burglary with intent to commit theft on July 6, 1973, in Brooks County and one on a charge of aggravated possession of marijuana on April 7, 1995, in Gonzales County.

Bond was $3,000.

•Arturo Medina Jr. on four counts of driving while intoxicated with children under the age of 15 in the vehicle.

The offense is a state jail felony. If convicted of any one of the four counts, Medina could be sentenced to two years in a state jail facility and fined $10,000.

Highway Patrol Trooper John Quiroga alleged that the 43-year-old defendant committed the offense on Sept. 1, 2013.

Bond was $4,000.

•Manuel Lopez, also known as Manuel Lopez Compos III and Manuel Campos, on a charge of theft.

The defendant allegedly took items from the local Walmart Supercenter worth between $50 and $500 on Dec. 20, 2012.

The case was filed by Beeville Police Department Detective Chris Vasquez.

He also had two previous convictions, one on a charge of theft and one on a charge of burglary of a habitation on Aug. 4, 1995, in Travis County.

Bond was $2,500.

•Joseph Ryan Moya on a charge of theft, from $1,500 to $20,000.

The offense is a state jail felony.

According to BPD officer John Berry, the defendant took currency from the Walmart Supercenter on July 29, 2013.

Bond was $2,000.

•Gerardo Gomez Jr. on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony.

According to a BPD narcotics investigator, Gomez had less than an ounce of cocaine in his possession on Jan. 25, 2014.

Bond was $1,000.
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