Law agencies make largest meth bust ever

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Local law enforcement officers seized the largest cache of methamphetamine drugs in Fredericksburg’s history on Thursday, July 18, and arrested two men and two women in connection.

The bust means illegal narcotics with a street value of close to $30,000 will never make it into users’ hands.

Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Chief Steve Wetz confirmed the arrest came in the evening hours Thursday when a narcotics search warrant was executed on a unit in the Highland Oak Apartments, 1019 Friendship Lane.

Each of the four adults taken into custody now face a first-degree felony charge of “Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver in a Drug-Free Zone,” according to FPD Detective Terry Weed.

The charges carry a “drug-free zone” weight because the apartment complex has a playground frequented by children, while the Head Start school and First Baptist Church are also both located nearby, Weed said.

Taken into custody were:

• The apartment’s tenant, 43-year-old Laurie King (who was currently on probation for a previous controlled substance conviction);

• Rebecca Martinez, 44, of Kerrville;

• Gaines Andrews, 23, of Pearland; and,

• Victor Prado, 28, of Fredericksburg.

Coordinating efforts on the case were officers from the Fredericksburg Police Department, the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and the 216th Judicial District Adult Probation Office. 

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