Subject Arrested for Possession of over 145 lbs of Marijuana
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938
Public Information Officer, Mariano Valle
Office: (915) 538-2119
“We Serve With Pride”
On 12/12/13 at shortly after 5:00 pm, a Sheriff’s Office Strike Team/Interdiction unit conducted a traffic stop at the 10200 block of Alameda Ave. The Deputy had the driver step out of the vehicle. While the Deputy returned to his patrol car to run warrants checks, the driver fled on foot. Several Sheriff’s Office units and the Department of Public Safety Air Support helicopter assisted in the search, but the driver was not located. Back at traffic stop, Deputies found over 145 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. The bundles were in several boxes wrapped in Christmas gift wrapping paper.
Strike Team Deputies began an investigation to determine the whereabouts of the driver. After several follow ups and interviews were conducted, a felony arrest warrant and 2 misdemeanor arrest warrants were obtained for the driver identified as Gabriel Mendiola (24).
On 12/26/13 Deputies received information of a possible location for Mendiola. Surveillance was set up in the 300 block of Melendez St, in SocorroTx. Strike Team members saw Mendiola exit and re-enter a home. Strike Team members approached the home and were able to take Mendiola into custody without incident. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 50 pounds under 2000 pounds/Bond $30,000, Evading Detention/ Bond $5,000 and Fail to identify/Bond $5,000.
Gabriel Mendiola (24)