In the early morning hours of Friday, the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office Tactical Team, assisted by Liberty County’s Pct. 4 Constable’s Office and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a pair of New Caney residents on felony narcotics and money laundering charges. One of the suspects is a well-known longtime Latin Kings gang member.
Jesus “King Snoopy” Hernandez, Jr., 33 and 26-year-old Patricia Santos, who live in the 19800 block of Ranch Estates Drive in New Caney, are charged with second-degree felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance; and third-degree felony Money Laundering.
Acting on information gathered by the two Liberty County departments, members of all three agencies went to the home on Ranch Estates Drive around 10 p.m. Thursday, with the Tac Team in the lead. They made contact with Jesus Hernandez, Jr. The suspect freely admitted past involvement in the Latin Kings street gang. Deputies advised Hernandez of his rights and he agreed to answer questions. He admitted a history of selling cocaine, but claimed he now only keeps enough for personal use. Hernandez offered to retrieve the small amount of cocaine he said was in his bedroom, on the condition that his wife, Patricia Santos, and their four children not be involved. Deputies then requested Hernandez’ consent to search the residence for additional contraband, which he declined.
Tac Team members then drafted a search warrant, which was signed by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts. Upon execution of that search warrant, they discovered over a gram of cocaine and a powder commonly used by dealers to dilute cocaine, along with a large amount of cash. Investigating officers continued searching and recovered several assault rifles, more narcotics and a large amount of Latin Kings clothing and other gang paraphernalia, as well as evidence indicating Santos’ involvement in the illegal drug activity.
By 3:30 a.m. Friday, the four children were released to grandparents, and Hernandez and Santos were arrested and on their way to the Montgomery County Jail.
Pct. 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden said he appreciated the cooperative effort with the two Liberty County agencies.
“This is another example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement works together,” Constable Hayden said. “We all want the same thing – to clean up southeast Texas and last night we made a little more progress.”
The Constable said he was most disturbed that four children were in the home and hopes they will never be placed in that dangerous situation again.
“When you have illegal drugs, large amounts of money and weapons such as assault rifles, things can quickly spiral out of control, and children can lose their lives,” he said. “Hopefully these four children won’t become statistics now.”
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.