Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division charged a 26-year-old San Angelo woman with Forgery of Government/National Government Instrument/Money/Security following a lengthy field investigation Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2019.
Officers were initially dispatched to the Smokers Outlet located at 1902 North Chadbourne Street for the report of a woman and two passengers in a white GMC Yukon that drove off after the driver attempted to purchase beer and cigarettes with counterfeit money.
During the follow-up investigation, Patrol Officers determined the Yukon was registered to a local car dealership. Officers went to the dealership and spotted the Yukon in the lot— It was then they learned the Yukon had recently been taken out for a test-drive by three subjects who returned it about an hour later and that the subjects, who were now test-driving another vehicle, were expected to return soon. Officers also learned that the vehicle the suspects arrived in, a green Ford Escape, was parked in the lot.
Once the subjects returned, Officers converged on the area and detained the trio without incident. They were identified as 26-year-old Eternity Sanchez, 28-year-old Albert Garcia, and 26-year-old Crystal N. Garcia of San Angelo.
During an open-air ‘sniff’ of the suspect’s Ford Escape, Police Service Dog Vader alerted the officers to the presence of contraband. Vader’s alert led to a probable cause search of the vehicle where officers located Methamphetamine.
Subsequent to the field investigation, Sanchez was found to be in possession of additional counterfeit U.S. currency. Garcia was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 as well as warrants of arrest for GOB Aggravated Robbery, GOB Fleeing Police Officer and GOB Evading Arrest Detention. C. Garcia received a citation for Drug Paraphernalia that was located inside her clothing.
The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit assisted with the investigation.
April 10, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division and SWAT Team executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 2600 block of Freeland Avenue.
The warrant, issued by District Judge Ben Woodward, named 37-year-old Donald Short to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence.
Short was located inside the residence and detained during the search, where investigators located and seized a quantity of Methamphetamine, altered firearms, and narcotic paraphernalia.
Short was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.
The San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)for their investigative achievements and contributions towards operation “Tragic Kingdom” — an investigation spearheaded by the DEA’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).
The letter of commendation highlights the outstanding and unselfish contribution of the Street Crimes Division to the DEA San Antonio District Office Enforcement Group D-53 and specifically recognizes Street Crimes Case Agents Chris Chappa and Hank Hethcock for working countless hours of surveillance and utilizing sources that ultimately aided the infiltration of the criminal organizations named in Tragic Kingdom — work that has greatly influenced the success of the investigation.
In closing, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy thanked Police Chief Frank Carter and the San Angelo Police Department Street Crimes Division for their continued support to an environment of cooperation and collaboration within the greater law enforcement community.
Investigation Tragic Kingdom began in December 2017. To date, the investigation has led to the seizure over twenty-six (26) Kilograms of Methamphetamine, nearly two (2) Kilograms of Cocaine, over four (4) Kilograms of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), over two hundred eighty-three grams of Heroin, over forty (40) pounds of Marijuana, more than one hundred ten (110) firearms, nearly $105,000.00 in narcotics proceeds, as well as thirty-one (31) federal indictments and nine (9) state cases.
“In 2016, the Street Crimes Division was given a clear mission; investigate and dismantle drug trafficking organizations that affect our quality of life in San Angelo. Operations of this magnitude are simply not possible without the resources of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the commitment of my detectives, the cooperation of our many law enforcement partners, and the support of the San Angelo Police Department. I am extremely proud of our people and this achievement, yet motivated to improve and be even more effective. I want our community to know they are surrounded by talented, well trained, committed law enforcement professionals that care deeply for our city.”
— Lieutenant Ed Kading, SAPD Street Crimes Division Commander
Operation Tragic Kingdom is an ongoing investigation.
Last week, Detectives with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 2400 block of Junius Street.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named 21-year-old Michael Orozco to be in possession of narcotics at the residence.
Orozco was located at the residence and detained during the search where Investigators located and seized a quantity of Cocaine, suspected psilocybin mushrooms, suspected MDMA, marijuana, a large quantity of THC wax and liquid, two (2) firearms, narcotic distribution paraphernalia, and approximately $6,000.00 in U.S. currency.
Orozco was subsequently charged with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2.
The Department’s Patrol Division and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with the operation.
Update: The death of Kristian Rose has been ruled a homicide. If you have information about the suspect(s) identity or whereabouts, please call Detective L. Dye at (325) 657-4322. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
April 2, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting an investigation into the death of 26-year-old Kristian Rose, of San Angelo.
Police located Rose just after 3:40 a.m. at a residence in the 600 block of East 39th Street suffering from undetermined injury. Rose was conscious but not responsive.
Officers initiated life-saving techniques until San Angelo Fire Department Medics arrived. Despite their efforts, Rose succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded and formally pronounced Rose deceased and requested that Rose be sent to the South Plains Forensic Pathology Center in Lubbock, Texas for autopsy.
This is an active investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.