FROM STAFF REPORTS
HORSESHOE BAY — Local, county and federal investigators raided a restaurant Aug. 26, arrested two suspects and seized cash and drugs, police reported.
The raid happened at 6 p.m. at El Jardin Restaurant, located in the 4900 block of RR 2147 West, and involved the Horseshoe Bay Police Department, the Burnet County Special Operations Unit (SOU) and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“This particular location has been under surveillance and under investigation by not only the Horseshoe Bay Police Department but the Burnet County Special Operations Unit as we’ve had intelligence for quite some time now that illegal activities were taking place,” Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Bill Lane said. “Just recently, some of our patrol officers developed additional intelligence that gave us what we needed to go ahead and execute the search warrant.”
Arrested without incident at the location were Hervey Cesar Torres, 48, of Cottonwood Shores and Arturo Fuentes Rivas, 25, of Kingsland. Both were charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.
A third individual was detained and then released.
Investigators seized about $1,000 in cash and approximately 140 grams of methamphetamines and cocaine, Lane said.
“El Jardin Restaurant is an operating restaurant that specializes in Mexican food. One individual, Torres, is the owner,” he said. “Based upon the intelligence we received, this location was dealing quite heavily in drugs to this entire area.”
Horseshoe Bay police and the narcotics arm of BCSO had gathered evidence about the location for a period of time before the case unfolded.
“This is the result of an initiative that the Horseshoe Bay Police Department started back in the summer of 2014 when we had two German visitors who were stabbed in an attempted murder case,” he said. “We’ve really stepped up the pace on our enforcement efforts, and as a result of that, these last two individuals bring the total to 174 people who have been charged directly or indirectly.
“We’re getting a lot of subjects, drugs and weapons out of the community and our efforts will continue,” he added.