PLPD executes search warrant at Faded Smoke Shop

Port Lavaca Police Department at Faded Smoke Shop located on Austin Street Tuesday afternoon. PLPD executed a search warrant on the establishment and products with significant amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) were recovered.  (DD Turner/Wave Photo)

The execution of a search warrant resulted in one arrest Tuesday at Faded Smoke Shop LLC located at 1504 W Austin St.

Daniel Emilio Herrera Jr., 23, of Port Lavaca, was arrested and charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance greater or equal to four grams, but less than 400 grams.

PLPD Chief Collin Rangnow said the arrest was the culmination of an investigation that spanned several months.  

PLPD “executed search warrant of the establishment for products that had significant amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)” Rangnow said.

The investigation ensued after PLPD received tips from several people in the community that the products that were being sold at Faded Smoke had “significant amount of THC,” Rangnow said.

THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that causes euphoria and hallucinations.

Undercover officers purchased several products at the store and sent them to the Department of Public Safety lab in Corpus Christi, which confirmed the product had THC, Rangnow said.

According to a press release, officers seized Officers seized over 1,000g of suspected THC products, over 14oz of suspected marijuana flower and over $4,000 in suspected drug-related money.

 Herrera is being held in the Calhoun County Jail with bond set at $40,000.