Investigators Arrest Several People For Felony Synthetic Cannabis Delivery

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 13:30
Location: 3900 Surfside Boulevard
Offense: Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (Health and Safety Code Section 481.112) Felony
Case Number: 1702140065

Corpus Christi Police Narcotics Investigators, with the assistance of the Portland Police Department and Corpus Christi Police Uniform Division Patrol Officers, arrested a suspected synthetic cannabis dealer Tuesday afternoon downtown near the Harbor Bridge.

Narcotics/Vice Investigations Division officers conducted surveillance at a local hotel, when they observed what appeared to be a drug transaction.  Investigators observed a 24-year-old man deliver two large bags of what investigators suspected was synthetic cannabis to a room at the hotel and then drive away. Investigators followed the suspect vehicle until Corpus Christi Police Patrol Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 600 block of Power Street.  Inside that vehicle officers located approximately $2,500 in cash, which they believed to be proceeds of the drug deal.  While officers were conducting the stop, Narcotics Investigators observed Longino Castillo (5-22-1990), leave the hotel room with the suspected cannabis and exit the parking lot in a vehicle driven by a second man with a woman passenger.  Investigators followed the second car to the same location on Power Street where the first car was stopped and again had Patrol Officers conduct a traffic stop.  Inside the vehicle, officers found and seized approximately 3.5 pounds of synthetic cannabinoid.  The driver, Justin Flores (11/21/1981), passenger Julissa Rios (2/12/1998) and Castillo were all arrested and charged with first degree felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance (Penalty group 2A).


The 24-year-old man in the first car was arrested in Portland for first degree felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance by Portland Police Officers, who assisted Corpus Christi Police with this investigation.