On today’s date (Dec. 3rd, 2021), members of the New Braunfels Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit (SCU), along with members of NBPD’s SWAT Team and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, executed a search warrant at a residence located in the 2200 block of Morningside Drive. A multiple-month-long investigation led to officers obtaining a search warrant for the residence, which was suspected of being part of a large-scale methamphetamine distribution operation.
Following the execution of the search warrant, the lone occupant of the residence and the primary target of the investigation, 24-year old Jonathan Espinoza of New Braunfels, was located and detained without incident. The search of the residence resulted in the recovery of over 700 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of approximately $30,000. Additionally, officers recovered $23,000 in U.S. currency, jewelry, a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, and a small amount of heroin and cocaine.
Espinoza was taken into custody and transported to the Comal County Jail where he was charged with Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance (over 400 grams), a first degree felony. As of this release, bond has not yet been set. Additional state and/or federal charges could still be sought pending additional investigation.