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By Breyana Segura
A Pearsall couple faces felony drug charges this week after a lengthy investigation by Frio County sheriff’s deputies into the alleged sale of illegal narcotics in a school zone, and another local is wanted in connection with the crime.
Investigators believe the suspects were selling narcotics from their home close to downtown.
Residents tipped police about suspicious activity at the Margo Drive residence, which prompted the investigation, according to sheriff deputies.
“Margo Drive is a highly trafficked road,” Chief Deputy Peter Salinas said. “However, it did not take school officials long to realize the traffic at this residence was out of the ordinary.”
Margo Drive, which lies between three school campuses, serves as a crossing for athletes walking to baseball, football and track practice.
Deputies searched the home on Friday, March 12, and discovered nearly two and a half pounds of marijuana, bags used for packaging and scales.
Jose Guzman, 29, and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Jamie Lee Ochoa, are both charged with third-degree felony counts for the possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone. A third suspect, Isaac Trevino, remains at large.
“These individuals are preying on our youths,” the chief deputy said. “We will continue to focus on those who pollute our neighborhoods with illegal narcotics.”
Guzman and Ochoa were transported to the Frio County Jail without further incident.