Crime Stopper’s Tip Leads to Arrest of Three Men, Seizure of Drugs and Money

Occurred on 10/02/12, 9:50 pm  Possession of a Controlled Substance   2222 Capitan Drive 1210020122

Investigators with the Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division were following up on a Crime Stoppers tip reporting the sale of drugs from an apartment 2222 Capitan Drive.  While conducting surveillance, Officers pulled over a vehicle leaving the residence for a traffic violation.  A search of the vehicle was conducted with the assistance of K-9 Unit Officer L.  Priess and his partner “Kimbo” who alerted to 11 lbs. of Marijuana in the vehicle.

Abel Salazar (12/12/47) was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, which is a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and  fined up to $10,000.  1210020111

N.V.I.D. investigators contacted David Moreno (09/15/73) at 2222 Capitan Drive and viewed a usable amount of marijuana, while speaking with  him.  Investigators “froze the scene” while a search warrant was obtained.

Eliud Esquivel (11/27/81) arrived at the residence, while officers were waiting for the search warrant to be completed.  Further investigation revealed, Esquivel was the owner of the drugs inside the home.   Approximately 9 lbs. of Marijuana and 8.34 grams of Cocaine were seized along with $14,520 in cash.

Moreno and Esquivel were both arrested and booked at the City Detention Center.  Moreno was charged with Possession of Marijuana, a Class “B” Misdemeanor punishable by 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.  Esquivel was charged with Possession of Marijuana, a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine along with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 2nd degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,00 fine.

The 20 lbs. of Marijuana has a street value of $10,000, while the Cocaine is valued $450.  David Cook, the Narcotics and Vice Division Captain has issued a warning to the drug dealers in our community, “If you are dealing dope in Corpus Christi, you will eventually find us knocking on your door.”