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2013-07-25

Kids, don't play with drugs, they make you stooooopid!

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Recently, an arrest for boosting a pair of sunglasses morphed into a rather bizarre bust for methamphetamine possession.

On July 15, a call to emergency dispatch reported that a pair of sunglasses had been stolen from the Shell Service Station at the corner of Main Street and Highway 173 North.

When Bandera Deputy Marshal Will Dietrich arrived on the scene, a store clerk identified the suspect, Daniel Garcia, 26, of Hondo, who was driving a green jeep.
When Dietrich confronted the suspect, Garcia appeared nervous, according to the law enforcement officer. Nevertheless, Garcia gave Dietrich consent to search his vehicle.
Before that occurred, however, the officer routinely patted the suspect down for safety purposes. At that point, according to Marshal James "Charlie" Hicks, Dietrich discovered that Garcia had apparently surreptitiously secreted an illegal substance in a sock, which he proceeded to place in his genital region.
After gingerly extracting the offending sock, Dietrich recovered five packages of methamphetamine with a total weight of 1.1 grams, and - not coincidentally - the allegedly stolen sunglasses. Dietrich placed Garcia under arrest and transported him to the Bandera County Jail, where he was charged with felony possession of from one to four grams of a controlled substance, as well as theft of the sunglasses, which were estimated to cost a maximum of $20.
Hicks said the department must wait for results from the Texas Department of Public Safety Lab in Austin for the final weight of the methamphetamine.