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Drug shipping investigation leads to drug bust and arrest

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Apr 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-20 18:43:22-04

ALICE, Texas — An investigation by the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division and the United States Postal Service Inspector Generals Office led to a drug bust and arrest.

The Jim Wells County Sheriff said Mark Martinez, 27, was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Carry of a Weapon during a traffic stop on April 20, 2021.

The Sheriff's Office said they were conducting a narcotics investigation into the shipping of narcotics via the U.S. Postal Service to an address in Alice, Texas.

During a traffic stop involving Mark Martinez, officials said two boxes were found after a K-9 alerted them.

Officials said the boxes had been at the Alice Post Office and were shipped from an out-of-state address. The Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office said Martinez had recently traveled to that particular state. Almost two pounds of marijuana were seized.

The traffic stop also led to a narcotics search warrant at a home in the 700 block of W. 1st St. in Alice, Texas.

Officials said the case is still under investigation.