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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Three Arrested in San Antonio and Charged Federally with Meth Trafficking

In San Antonio today, authorities filed a federal criminal complaint against three San Antonio residents who were arrested last night while attempting to distribute over four kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney John Bash and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, Houston Division. 

The complaint charges 18–year-old Rabbi Lee Ponce, 18–year-old Rudy Aragon, and 30–year-old Mercedes Trinidad, with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  According to the complaint, federal and state authorities arranged for an undercover drug deal with Ponce who agreed to sell multiple kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.  Ponce, along with Aragon, arrived at the agreed location last night followed shortly thereafter by Trinidad.  After a canine unit alerted on Trinidad’s car, authorities recovered approximately 4.6 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from inside her vehicle.

All three defendants remain in federal custody pending detention hearings in U.S. Magistrate Court in San Antonio.  Upon conviction, the defendants face between ten year and life in federal prison.

The DEA is investigating this case together with the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean O’Connell is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.    

It is important to note that a criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  The defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 26, 2019