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A heaping pile of trouble

coke2.jpgOn Saturday, Goliad County (that’s in Texas) deputies pulled over Omar Cruz Garza for speeding. As they were talking to him, they noticed things in his truck which seemed an odd assortment to them - a DVD player, a safe, a camera and power tools, among other things. This led to a search of Garza’s truck, which turned up some cocaine.

Things got worse for Garza when he gave them his license, because it was a fake I.D. Garza had been hesitant to turn over his actual I.D. since he was still on parole for a prior crime (which was set to end in just one week). But the deputies figured out that the I.D. was fake, in part because Garza has his actual name tattooed on him. Papers in the safe matched the fake I.D., and when county officials later called that person, he reported that the safe and other stuff had been stolen in a recent burglary.

Things continued to go downhill when the cops learned that the truck they pulled Garza over had also been stolen, a mere 12 hours before Garza was pulled over, from a local used car lot. Garza has already been charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and failure to identify himself to the deputies. He’s also likely to get hit with forgery charges, because he had stolen some checks in the burglary and passed a couple of them off.

But the kicker to all of this is what Garza told the deputies when they found the coke in his [stolen] truck. He said he was driving up to Houston for his son’s graduation and that the coke was a graduation gift for his son!

“I have no idea what he was thinking,” said Sgt. Danny Madrigal, investigator with the Goliad Sheriff’s Department. “We’ve never had anybody saying ‘I’m taking this to give to my son. He’s graduating.’” However, Madrigral said, “The following day I spoke to him, and he told me it was for personal use.”

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Also in a rural county in Texas, I had a defendant tell me once, "but it wasn't my pot - I bought it to pay my maid with . . ."