Deputy Constable Accidentally Thwarts $100K Drug Run
LIBERTY, July 25, 2012 - An off-duty Montgomery County Pct. 4 Deputy Constable was taking his family out for dinner Tuesday night when he found himself responsible for a major drug bust. While en route to the restaurant, around 7:30 p.m., the deputy saw a tan Chevy pickup truck with a Mississippi plate traveling south on US 59 toward Harris County at a high rate of speed. The deputy was in his private vehicle and could not initiate a traffic stop, but called in a report. None of the units on duty were able to find the truck.
Approximately two hours later, the deputy was northbound on US 59 when the same truck passed him at a high rate of speed. He contacted an on-duty deputy who located the pickup on US 59 near East River Dr. and witnessed the driver steering erratically before he and another unit initiated a traffic stop.
When deputies approached the vehicle, they smelled a strong odor of air fresheners from inside the vehicle and found the driver, Ruben Balderas, sweating profusely and unable to remain still. Balderas gave his consent for deputies to search his vehicle. During the search, they found a cooler in the bed of the truck containing 5 kilos of cocaine, which would have a street value of around $100,000.
Ruben Delgado Balderas, 42, of Pearl, Miss. is charged with first-degree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine) 5,784 grams.