Around noon on Tuesday, members of the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office, assisted by the Pct. 1 Constable’s Office, arrested a Houston man transporting 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value in excess of $200,000.
Pct. 4 Deputies conducted a routine traffic stop on a 2005 Nissan Frontier pickup, driven by 23-year-old Jesus Alberto Najera, near the intersection of I-45 and FM 1097. Najera behaved suspiciously from the beginning, immediately exiting his vehicle in an excited manner and telling deputies he did not have a driver’s license.
He paced back and forth nervously and appeared unable to be still. Najera then volunteered information that he was in the country illegally and was acting nervous because he did not want to be deported. Najera repeatedly claimed he had nothing illegal in the vehicle and offered to allow deputies to search the truck without being asked.
As deputies approached the pickup, Najera told them there was gun inside. A loaded 9mm Beretta handgun was recovered from the center console.
Deputies asked Najera what was inside a cardboard box on the backseat and he said it contained clothing he was taking to his baby’s mother in Dallas. However, Najera denied deputies consent to open and search the box. Pct. 4 K-9 Porter was deployed and gave a positive odor response to the presence of narcotics in the box. Inside were two zipper locking gallon size plastic bags containing a crystal like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said it was gratifying to know such a large quantity of methamphetamine was off the streets.
“Regardless of where the meth was headed, we’re glad we were able to stop it,” Hayden said.
“It may not have wound up in East Montgomery County, but it was going to somebody’s neighborhood, where somebody’s children live, and now it’s not going to get there,” he said. “That’s a good feeling – that’s why we’re here and it’s what makes all of the long hours and hard work worthwhile.”
Najera was transported and booked into the Montgomery County Jail in Conroe.