SAN ANTONIO – What was initially described as a chase that resulted in state charges has turned into a federal drug case.
The pursuit happened July 5. At the time, a spokesperson for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said the chase lasted 20 minutes. The driver was expected to be charged with evading arrest.
Federal court documents detail what happened before and after the chase.
A deputy said BCSO and the Homeland Security Investigations agents in San Antonio were investigating drug trafficking near a restaurant in the 4800 block of Roosevelt Avenue. They saw a black Ford F-150 park next to a black Nissan Titan. An affidavit said the driver of the Nissan and another man got into the Ford, sat inside for a few minutes, then left.
The deputy said the driver of the Ford left and did not use a turn signal for a lane change, so he tried to stop the truck. The driver kept going, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour, and the deputy said the driver threw " a green bag out (of) the vehicle window on Moursund Dr." Road spikes were eventually used to get the truck to stop.
The driver, Jorge Chavarria, was taken into custody. An agent tracked down the bag that had been tossed during the chase. Inside, they found two bundles of what was later reported to be cocaine inside.
The two men who the deputy said met with Chavarria before the chase were identified as Edgar Gonzalez Mata and Arturo Delgado Garcia. The men reportedly told the deputy "they were recruited to set up a two kilogram cocaine deal for an unidentified male who was going to purchase cocaine from Chavarria."
The trio are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.
If convicted, they face between 5-40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.