6 face drug charges after D.E.A. raids several locations

An alleged couple are behind bars after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says thet were part of a drug trafficking organization. The D.E.A., Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) raided the home of Jared Cubellis for a federal search warrant on September 15th on Beaver Creek Drive.

Jared Charles Cubellis, a convicted felon, is being charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances and Possession of Firearm in furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, according to federal documents.

Cubellis is being accused of being a member of the “Cooper Drug Trafficking Organization”, which Lazaro Cooper, George Lee Cooper, and Angel Pina were all indicted by a federal grand jury and were all arrested in different raids throughout the Flour Bluff area.

Those four individuals are being accused of distributing more than 400 grams of controlled substances mixed with Fentanyl and all are being held by U.S. Marshals at the Coastal Bend Detention Center in Robstown, Texas awaiting trial.

Cubellis’ girlfriend, Alyssa Baltazar, was also arrested for two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance that consists of penalty group 2 and 4 including Possession of Marijuana. She is being held at the Nueces County Jail on a total of $100,000 bail bonds.

On Monday morning, Lazaro Cooper, George Lee Cooper, Jared Cubellis, and Angel Pina attended a Detention hearing where they were advised of the charges against them.

Cubellis took responsibility of the Firearm and the controlled substances found inside the Beaver Creek Drive home that included money, Promethazine with Codeine, Marijuana, THC wax, THC vape pens, mushroom cookies, and a Glock handgun.

Federal authorities say that Cubellis was involved in a long term investigation into Lazaro Cooper, where allegedly, he was responsible for distributing multiple controlled substances for the Cooper Drug Trafficking Organization. The information was uncovered with surveillance, wiretaps, undercover agents, and seizures since August 1, 2021 according federal documents.

It is unclear of whether there were any asset seizures in the multiple search warrants and how the Fentanyl came into play in this specific case.

Fentanyl seizures at the southern border were up more than 200% in July compared to last year, with officials seizing 2,100 pounds. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 108,000 people in the U.S. died of drug overdoses between February 2021 and February 2022. Of those, more than 70% involved fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

This is a developing story, keep it locked with The Crónica as more information comes in.