Pursuant to an ongoing investigation into heroin trafficking within the city of San Angelo and outlying area, the Department’s Street Crimes Division directed an early morning traffic stop on a maroon Dodge pickup truck in near Loop 306 and Foster Road.
The stop, conducted by members of the Department’s K9 Unit and Patrol Division, resulted in the seizure of approximately 48 grams of suspected heroin as well as drug paraphernalia commonly used to traffic narcotics.
The vehicle’s occupants, which were both suspects in the ongoing investigation, were identified as Carlos Morales, 65, of San Angelo, and Herman Lopez, 53, of Seguin, Texas.
Morales and Lopez have been charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Herman was additionally booked for an outstanding Parole Violation Warrant.
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed two Search Warrants in San Angelo.
The first warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named Elizabeth Saldana, 32, of San Angelo, to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine at a residence located in the 700 block of West 15th Street. Pursuant to a search of the residence, Investigators seized a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Saldana, who was located at the residence, was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 <1 Gram and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The second warrant, also issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named David J. Lumpkins, 22, of San Angelo, to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana at a residence located in the 4200 block of South Jackson Street. Pursuant to a search of the residence and Lumpkins’s vehicle, Investigators seized a quantity of LSD, Vyvanse, THC Oil, MDMA, marijuana, assorted drug paraphernalia commonly used to traffic narcotics, and approximately $500.00 in US Currency. Lumpkins, who was later located on the ASU Campus, was arrested and charged with Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1A >=80<4,000AU, three counts of Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 <1 Gram, and Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.
Angelo State University Police, the Center for Tactical Medicine, and the Department’s K9 Unit and Patrol Division assisted with the operations.
Yesterday afternoon, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section partnered with the Department of Public Safety to conduct a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement operation in the westbound lanes of the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte Expressway.
Police issued a total of 109 citations and warnings during the operation.
Breakdown for citations:
Speeding: 71(Highest speed 116 MPH, second highest 97 MPH)
Driving While License Invalid: 2
Child Not in Safety Seat: 2
Other/Misc. Violations: 7
No Driver’s License: 2
No Insurance: 4
As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown by 20 MPH below the speed limit. Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services.
January 23, 2018 – The San Angelo Police Department recently launched a new proactive, investigative/enforcement unit designed to focus on various types of crime.
After seeing a need to address various types of repetitive crime, Police Chief Frank Carter recently formed a specialized unit whose mission is to proactively focus on those types of crimes that affect the largest number of citizens.
Like most specialized law enforcement units, the newly formed Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) is tasked differently from a typical uniformed patrol unit whose main goal is to respond to calls and provide a visible presence in the community in an effort to deter crime. In contrast, the Anti-Crime Unit specializes in covert operations in an attempt to avoid detection in an effort to apprehend criminals while committing criminal activity.
Working in concert with the Department’s Street Crimes Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Crime Analysis Unit, the ACU will focus their attention on the city’s most frequent crimes such as burglary, theft and robbery as well as other non-specific crimes. Many of these offenses are committed by repeat offenders — a small segment of the population that commits the most crimes.
The Unit intends to maximize and effectively apply its limited resources to make a measurable, long-term impact in the reduction of San Angelo’s crime, despite the Department’s manpower shortage.
At approximately 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, San Angelo Police responded to the Super Mercado located at 1505 South Chadbourne for the report of an armed robbery in the parking lot just north of the store.
Responding Officers learned that prior to the robbery, the male victim, a 25-year-old San Angelo resident, had corresponded with the suspect through Facebook regarding the sale of the victim’s gaming system. The suspect, who went by the Facebook username of Alex Olvera, expressed interest in purchasing the system and then made arrangements to meet the victim in the store’s parking lot. At some point during the transaction, the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim before he fled the scene on foot. No one was injured during the incident, which was captured on the store’s surveillance video.
Officers were shown the suspect’s Facebook Page and immediately developed a possible location for the suspect in the 1200 block of South Hill Street.
The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded for further investigation and the Department’s newly formed Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) began surveillance.
After several hours of surveillance, members of ACU and K9 Units along with members of the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions established a perimeter around the residence and attempted to make contact with the suspect. Soon after, the suspect surrendered to Officers without incident. He was identified as Alejandro “Alex” Raymond Olvera, 26.
During a warrant search of the residence in which Olvera was taken in to custody, Investigators located and seized the victim’s stolen property, the clothing Olvera was wearing when he committed the robbery, as well as the suspected handgun used during the robbery.
Olvera is currently detained at the Tom Green County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bond, charged with Aggravated Robbery.
Both law enforcement and Facebook Officials urge users to exercise caution when engaging in face-to-face meetings to buy and sell items. Safety tips include:
- Meet people in well-lit public places that have working surveillance cameras
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash (Use a service like PayPal or Apple Pay)
- Avoid meeting the buyer/seller alone (Bring friends or family members with you)