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Nearly two years after Pearsall police arrested him on felony narcotics charges, Avel Trevino Jr. was sentenced by a district judge last week to serve 18 years behind bars.
Officers had encountered Trevino on May 3, 2019, in a routine traffic stop when the man and his 19-year-old passenger, Madyson Menefee, were found in possession of narcotics, a firearm and several prohibited items that were believed indicative of active participation in drug trafficking.
During the roadside interview with the pair, Trevino and Menefee attempted to flee on foot. Trevino was apprehended by police a short time later; Menefee was captured a mere 50 yards away and had attempted to conceal a glass pipe with white residue in her bra.
As Trevino attempted to flee, he reportedly grabbed a black bag that contained 114 grams of methamphetamine, six grams of marijuana, small bags used for packaging narcotics, and a debit card bearing his name.
An estimated street value of the narcotics at the time was $6,000.
Trevino had been convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2014.
“Thank you to the Pearsall Police Department and Chief Salinas for all your hard work and professional investigation that led to the successful conviction of this habitual offender,” 81st District Attorney Audrey Louis said. “Mr. Trevino is a drug dealer. Drugs destroy so many families in our communities and also are the root of so many other crimes. Our office will continue to work with law enforcement agencies to target dealers and aggressively prosecute them.”