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Local law enforcement taking stand against city’s growing opioid problem

Posted at 11:26 AM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 21:27:42-04

The Corpus Christi Police Department is taking a stand against the growing opioid problem in the local area.

Yesterday, CCPD joined forces with federal, state and county law enforcement agencies to arrest people suspected of using or selling heroin in Corpus Christi.

A total of 59 officers from CCPD, Drug Enforcement Administration , Corpus Christi City Marshals, Corpus Christi City Detention Center, Texas Department of Public Safety, Nueces County Sheriff’s Office, Nueces County Community Supervision and Corrections, Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Marshals Service were out Thursday to serve warrants on 17 wanted people.

Of the 17, Melissa Guerra, 44, Ariel Aceves, 25, Cynthia Dobbs-Rangel, 55, Grady Malone, 58, and Christopher Ortiz, 53  were arrested.

Although they were not part of the original 17 being sought, Johnathan Marines, 38, Brett Box, 50, and Melody Lambry, 49 were also arrested on outstanding warrants.

Juan Herrera, 26, was also arrested for warrants and possession of a stolen firearm.

CCPD says yesterdays arrests were a part of their goal to reduce crime, the fear of crime and to enhance public safety.

Anyone with information about suspected drug activity is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit tips online at