Arrest and Drugs Seized
On August 25, 2022, at approximately 1:54 PM, Guadalupe County Sheriff's K9 Corporal Dustin Crawford, who is currently assigned to the Guadalupe County Narcotics Task Force, was working criminal highway interdiction on IH 10 near Mile Marker 622, Guadalupe County, Texas. Cpl Crawford observed a 2017 Dodge pickup truck traveling eastbound on Interstate Highway 10. The driver of the vehicle committed a traffic violation at which point Cpl Crawford conducted a traffic stop. Cpl Crawford spoke with the driver, who was identified as Armando Castillo, from Laredo, Texas. As Cpl Crawford spoke with Castillo, Cpl Crawford detected several criminal indicators associated with narcotics trafficking. Cpl Crawford utilized his K9 partner, "Eddie" and conducted a free air sniff around the vehicle. K-9 Eddie made a positive alert to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. Cpl Crawford conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and found two, large, duffle bags behind the back seat. Cpl Crawford opened the duffle bags and observed each duffle bag contained a large bundle wrapped in saran wrap. Further investigation revealed each bundle contained multiple, smaller bundles inside. The smaller bundle inside the saran wrap contained a white substance that was field tested and showed positive indication for cocaine. The audit weight of the bundles, combined, was 27.95 kilograms. Armando Castillo was placed in custody for Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 greater than 400 grams (Cocaine) and was booked into the Guadalupe County Jail. The Guadalupe County Narcotics Task Force is composed of Narcotics Investigators, Detectives and Criminal Interdiction Units from the Seguin Police Department, Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office and the Cibolo Police Department.