Heroin arrest in Liberty County

DAY'TON, October 20, 2015 - The Liberty County Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit in association with the Liberty County District Attorney’s Gang Unit conducted a joint narcotics investigation which resulted in what is believed to be the largest Heroin drug arrest in the history of Liberty County.

On Friday, October 16th. the two agencies arrested Alberto Pineda, age 30 at his residence located at 801 CR 676 just north of the city of Dayton, Texas. It was found that Pineda is also the owner of the Alondra’s Mexican Food Restaurant located at 1717 Hwy. 90 in Liberty, Texas.

Investigators conducted surveillance of the residence when two passenger cars were seen pulling into the residence and what appeared to be a drug transaction was observed in the driveway. A short time later, both vehicles left and the interdiction Unit conducted a stop on both vehicles. After obtaining a consent to search, the investigators found 1 kilo (2.2 lbs.) of suspected Black Tar Heroin in the trunk of one of the vehicles. Upon the recovery of the suspected narcotics, deputies made the decision to make contact with the home owner, Alberto Pineda. Deputies received a consent to search from Pineda for the property.

In searching the residence, deputies recovered approximately 4 kilos (8.5 lbs.) of suspected Black Tar Heroin from the kitchen area. Investigators also located a bedroom that appeared to be set up as a narcotic packaging room where deputies located one ounce of suspected heroin, numerous packaging materials, multiple digital scales, food saver vacuum sealer machine and a digital money counter. Also recovered were numerous handguns and a M4 Assault rifle.

A total of approximately 5 kilos (10.7 lbs.) of suspected Black Tar Heroin was recovered through this investigation which has the street value of about $500.000. Through follow up investigation, it is believed the suspected Heroin was coming from the state of Michoacan, Mexico and dropped in Dayton, Texas and then distributed throughout the United States. The investigation is continuing.

Alberto ( no middle name) Pineda, (36) of 801 CR 676, Dayton, Texas was arrested and charged with Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group One ( over 400 grams.) and placed in the Liberty County jail. (End)

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