Three arrested in two drug busts

Roberto Cantu, 33

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), the narcotics task force arrested three people in two separate drug busts in Beaumont.

On Friday Jan. 4, investigators arrested 33-year-old Roberto Cantu of Garwood  for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony. Deputies seized 1.875 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $80,000, $9,900 in cash and 3 handguns. Per most recent information, Cantu was being held at the Jefferson County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

On Monday Jan. 7, the narcotics task force executed a search warrant at the M&M Express convenience store located at 1397 Washington Blvd. in Beaumont after JCSO said they received numerous complaints the store was selling K-2 spice, a type of synthetic marijuana. Upon a search of the store, investigators found several packets of the drug under the counter. Deputies reported they also found a garbage bag containing a large amount of the product and a backpack full of packets of K-2 and $13,000 in cash in the office at the store.

Deputies arrested the clerk, 29-year-old Natividad Antonia Savala of Beaumont, and one of the owners, 65-year-old Karim Ali Khoja of Sugar Land for possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony. Each posted a $2,500 bond.