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Correctional Officer Arrested in Possession of Synthetic Marijuana

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ROBSTOWN (Kiii News) - A prison guard from the McConnell Unit in Beeville was taken to the Nueces County Jail Thursday on a $100,000 bond after an officer in Robstown found him in possession of about 15 pounds of synthetic marijuana Wednesday.

Officer Isaac De Leon of the Robstown Police Department was running traffic along Highway 77 Wednesday when he spotted a red car speeding in a construction zone. According to De Leon, when he pulled the vehicle over, he spoke with the driver, Michael Flores, asking him where he was going and where he had been.

After asking his passenger, Luis Cid, the same questions, De Leon determined that their stories were not matching up.

"Just by the way he kept acting nervous, and he kept trying to throw me off by telling me he's a correctional officer," De Leon said. "I kind of figured, with my training, something illegal could be going on here."

De Leon said that eventually, Cid admitted to having synthetic marijuana in the trunk, and also mentioned that he owned a smoke shop in McAllen. He said that was where they were both heading after picking up the synthetic marijuana at a warehouse in Houston.

In the trunk, there were 738 bags of synthetic marijuana weighing a total of 15 pounds, with a street value of $35,000.

Both Flores and De Leon appeared before a Nueces County judge on Thursday and were given $100,000 bonds.

De Leon added that Michael Flores said he worked part-time at the McConnel Unit prison in Beeville, and works full-time at the Segovia and Lopez prison units in Edinburg.