Targeting Heroin in Corpus Christi

On August 30, 2018, in an effort to target the growing opioid problem in our country and to make our community safer, 59 sworn law enforcement officers and support personnel from multiple agencies joined forces to arrest individuals who have been involved in either using or selling heroin in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Seventeen individuals who were wanted for a myriad of warrants were sought throughout the day. Of the seventeen, the following five were arrested:

  • Melissa Guerra (09-14-1973)
  • Ariel Aceves (03-11-1993)
  • Cynthia Dobbs/Rangel (08-17-1963)
  • Grady Malone (05-04-1960)
  • Christopher Ortiz (08-04-1965)


In addition to the five individuals listed above, three other individuals who were not on the original list were arrested for warrants. Those three are:

  • Johnathan Marines (7/23/1980)
  • Brett Box (11/29/1967)
  • Melody Lambry (1/7/1969)

Another individual not on the original list, Juan Herrera (12/27/1991), was contacted and arrested for warrants and possession of a stolen firearm.


The agencies represented in today’s operation were:

  • Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division
  • Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit
  • Corpus Christi Police Department Crime Reduction Unit
  • Corpus Christi Police Department K9 Unit
  • Corpus Christi Police Department MetroCom
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Corpus Christi City Marshals
  • Corpus Christi City Detention Center
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Nueces County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nueces County Community Supervision and Corrections
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • United States Marshals Service

Our goal is to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety. If you have any information about drug activity in your area you can contact Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at You can also submit a tip to .