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Investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in Dilley on Friday that led to the discovery of 70 grams of illegal narcotics and nearly $43,000. Frio County deputies say the warrant was in response to community concerns and complaints about the stop-and-go traffic at the residence, which is a block away from a private school.
“Our office opened an investigation after we received countless calls about the suspicious activity at the home,” Chief Deputy Peter Salinas said. “We prioritized this location due to its proximity to Faith Christian Academy.”
Deputies entered the home at around 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, and detained 61-year-old Julie Hurtado after a search of the residence uncovered a cache of drugs, currency and paraphernalia indicative of drug trafficking.
According to a report on the case, investigating deputies found 50 grams of cocaine packaged for sale, 20 grams of marijuana and nearly $43,000 in US currency stored throughout the house.
“The currency was hidden in various locations in the home,” Salinas said. “All information obtained during the investigation leads deputies to believe that the funds are the proceeds of illegal drug sales.”
Hurtado’s charges are enhanced based on regulations set by the Texas Health and Safety code, due to the home’s proximity to the Christian academy.
Salinas acknowledged that Hurtado’s arrest would not have been possible without tips offered by community members.
“It is amazing to see a community stand up and decide to take their streets back,” the chief deputy said. “Without their assistance we would not have been successful.”
Hurtado was transported to the Frio County Jail without further incident and faces a felony charge for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
Documents filed at the sheriff’s office show that Hurtado has an extensive theft record and two previous drug convictions.
Pct. 4 Constable Rene Lozano and Dilley police assisted deputies in the Friday raid.