June 11, 2018 — This Afternoon, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division and Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the 700 block of West Avenue Z.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, named 49-year-old Bernard Balderaz to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence.
Balderaz and three adults were detained during the search, which resulted in the discovery and seizure of a quantity of Methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with narcotics trafficking.
Balderaz was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. A second suspect, identified as Kimberly Aidala, 20, was arrested and charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.
The Department’s K9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.
Over recent months, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) have tenaciously pursued suspects reportedly involved in the distribution of narcotics in San Angelo.
Yesterday, the SCD acquired an Evidentiary Search Warrant for Lorenzo’s Tire Shop, located at 201 West 29 Street. The warrant, issued by County Judge Ben Nolan, named fifty-year-old Jose M. Ibarra to be in possession narcotics at the location.
Warrant in hand, members of the SCD and Drug Enforcement Administration (San Antonio Office) executed the warrant. Ibarra and his brother, 46-year-old Jesus Q. Ibarra, were detained without incident during the search, which resulted in the discovery of a substantial quantity of suspected Methamphetamine and Cocaine, three (3) guns along with assorted ammunition, packaging consistent with narcotics trafficking, and approximately $9,000 in U.S. Currency. Two (2) additional guns were later seized at a nearby residence.
Jose Ibarra, a convicted Felon, is facing federal gun charges pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. At the conclusion of yesterday’s operation, he was charged with two counts of Felony 1 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Jesus Ibarra was charged with one count of Felony 1 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and a Motion to Revoke (MTR) warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. The brothers were placed on immigration detainers at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit (ACU), Patrol Division, K9 Unit, and Center for Tactical Medicine (CTM) assisted with yesterday’s operation.
Ibarra, Jose M Ibarra, Jesus Q
Just a few weeks shy of their six-month anniversary, the San Angelo Police Department’s newest specialized unit has made a measurable impact in reducing crime, despite having limited manpower and resources.
Working in concert with the Department’s Patrol, Division, Street Crimes Division, and Criminal Investigations Division, the ACU focuses their attention on the city’s most recurrent crimes that are primarily committed by repeat offenders — a small segment of San Angelo’s population.
Logging nearly one hundred fifty (150) arrests comprised of nearly three hundred thirty (330) Misdemeanor and Felony charges, the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) has been working tirelessly to make an indelible impact in the reduction of San Angelo’s crime.
Not only has their targeted approach resulted in clearing roughly two-hundred warrants, the unit has seized over twenty (20) firearms from the hands of criminals engaged in and/or planning nefarious activities. Some of these weapon seizures and arrests have led to Federal investigations.
The Unit credits their success to having the assistance and support from their colleagues within the Department as well as having the ability to work covert operations, which allows them to avoid detection in an effort to interrupt crime in progress.
“What they have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time is a direct result of their commitment to team work. Their colleagues on Patrol as well as the specialized divisions enable their success in combating the street-level crime that affects the citizens in this community. I feel that the ACU has only scratched the surface in our long-term goals of improving the quality of life in San Angelo. It’s exciting to think about what they might be able to accomplish if [we] had additional Officers in the Unit as well as other resources needed to sustain their mission.” — San Angelo’s Chief of Police, Frank Carter.
Over recent months, members from the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) have been investigating a person suspected of trafficking Methamphetamine in San Angelo and the surrounding area.
Today, investigators received information that the subject was in possession of a quantity of Methamphetamine. After further investigation, SCD Investigators seized approximately four (4) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine, a loaded handgun, approximately $2,790 in U.S. Currency, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking.
This investigation also revealed a co-conspirator. The suspects’ names are being withheld at this time as Federal charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, which is ongoing. The Department’s Patrol Division and K9 Unit assisted with today’s operation.
In a separate, unrelated investigation, SCD Investigators executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of W. Beauregard.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named Rick Allen Hirst, 30, to be in possession of a quantity of Methamphetamine at the location.
Hirst and a female subject identified as Derrian E. Hammons, 25, were detained during the search, which yielded approximately two (2) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking.
Hirst and Hammons were charged with Felony 1 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.
The San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section is investigating an early morning single-vehicle motorcycle crash that occurred in the 4200 block of Sunset Drive.
Police were dispatched to the scene just after 4:45 a.m. Officers arrived and located the motorcyclist walking around in the Pier 1 Import parking lot. The man was suffering from incapacitating injuries and was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment where he is reported to be in critical but stable condition. He was identified as David Steinbach, 33.
A preliminary crash investigation revealed Steinbach was traveling southbound on Sunset Drive when, for an unknown reason, he applied his breaks and laid his 2012 Harley Davidson down. After Steinbach became separated from the motorcycle, the motorcycle continued traveling on its side until it collided with a nearby utility guidewire, which caused the motorcycle to flip.
Investigators are working with nearby businesses to determine if surveillance video of the crash exists.
Southbound traffic on Sunset Drive was reduced to one lane for several hours during the crash investigation.
If you have any information about the crash please call the San Angelo Police department’s Traffic Section at 325-657-4307.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.