IOLA – A routine traffic stop turned into a large drug bust Thursday, April 1, as 51-year-old Jerome Icasiano of San Diego, CA was in possession of over 150-pounds of suspected marijuana and several illegal firearms.
Just after 3 a.m. Grimes County Sheriff Deputy Zackry Pavlock conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Farm to Market Road 39 south of Iola.
The driver, Icasiano, told Pavlock he and his passenger were coming from San Diego, California on their way to Houston. During the traffic stop Pavlock stated Icasiano appeared nervous and later admitted to possessing a handgun.
Pavlock removed Icasiano and the passenger and secured the handgun. Icasiano granted verbal permission allowing Pavlock to search the vehicle. During the search deputies located several duffle bags containing vacuum sealed bags with suspected marijuana in the back hatch of the vehicle.
Icasiano stated he was the owner of the marijuana and was taken into custody. Deputies also located an AR-15 and two ballistic vests in the vehicle. The suspected marijuana was processed and weighed at the Sheriff’s Office – net weight was 151-pounds.
Icasiano was booked into the Grimes County Jail charged with Possession of Marijuana, greater than 50-pounds but less than 200-pounds, a second-Degree Felony. He was also charged with three counts of Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, Class A Misdemeanors; Theft of a Firearm, State Jail Felony and Manufacture/ Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1, a First-Degree Felony.
Icasiano was released Sat., April 3 after posting a $25,000 bond.