by SEAN KIMMONS
A hefty marijuana delivery of 850 pounds stuffed into 16 large duffle bags was intercepted by police on April 21 at the San Marcos Airport, police say.
The Hays County Narcotics Task Force, staffed with officers from the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and San Marcos Police Department, conducted a drug interdiction operation at the San Marcos Airport. Bundles believed to be illegal drugs were observed being removed from an aircraft into a waiting 2005 Chevy Suburban, police say.
Police then followed the vehicle into the city limits of San Marcos, where deputies from the sheriff’s office made a traffic stop on Interstate 35 northbound at River Ridge Parkway, police say.
Deputies located the marijuana stash in the rear of the vehicle and arrested the driver, Melvin Alexander Duran, 33, of Austin, and his juvenile passenger, police say.
Duran has been charged with possession of marijuana, over 50 but under 2,000 pounds, a second degree felony. His bond has been set at $60,000 and he remains in custody. The juvenile was taken into custody and placed in juvenile detention, police say.
The pilot of the aircraft, Joe Frank Corder, 64, of Wimberley, has been charged with delivery of marijuana, a first degree felony. His bond has been set at $80,000 and he also remains in custody, police say.Email | Print