A Hays County jury sentenced a San Marcos man to 80 years in prison after his conviction for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe said Oscar Lopez, 56, has been well known to law enforcement for many years, adding her hope that his removal from the streets will make residents feel more secure.
On Dec. 13, 2007, San Marcos police answered a call to Gravel Street in reference to a male subject selling drugs to neighborhood children. On arrival, police observed Lopez standing near the driveway of the residence in question.
Seeing the officers, Lopez threw a bag to the ground and fled the scene. Police apprehended Lopez after a short foot chase, then identified the contents of the bag as cocaine.
Hays County Narcotics Task Force detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and located approximately 56 grams of cocaine, as well as scales and packaging materials.
Prosecutors Jesus Navar and Amy Lockhart asked the jury for a lengthy prison term, pointing out that Lopez had two prior convictions for burglary of a habitation. Lopez must serve a minimum of 15 years before being considered for parole.Email | Print