Police Chief Joe Treviño said Louis Rodriguez Jr. was sitting at the curb in front of his house in a pickup when the special weapons and tactics officers stopped there.
They had a warrant for his arrest for allegedly violating a protective order.
But when officers cuffed Rodriguez and started searching him, they found what could land the suspect in prison for a 99 years.
Detective Lt. Eddie Garcia said officers pulled out of the suspect’s pocket a plastic bag holding 57.6 grams of methamphetamine.
“It’s the most I’ve ever seen in one place,” Treviño said.
Garcia said the street value of the methamphetamine would be about $6,800.
Officers also found a small bag of marijuana in one of Rodriguez’s pockets.
It was the methamphetamine that will cause the suspect the most trouble. Garcia said that, because the amount of the drug he had was more than four grams but less than 200, the offense is a first degree felony.
Penalties for a crime of that magnitude range from a minimum of five years to a maximum of 99 years to life in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Garcia said Rodriguez was booked into the Bee County Jail on three charges, including violating a protective order and the marijuana possession offense, at 10:03 p.m. on July 11.
Officers also found about $300 in cash in the suspect’s pocket.
Bonds on two of the charges filed against Rodriguez totaled $26,000.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.