Posted: Mar 12, 2014 6:43 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2014 6:43 PM
EDINBURG - Authorities on Wednesday arrested a county employee accused of selling drugs while on the job.
Christian Lee Sanchez was arrested after police allegedly saw him selling marijuana in a drug-free zone - a county park.
Wednesday's arrest is not Sanchez's first brush with the law. Police arrested him in 2010 on felony drug charges. He was later convicted. He got a job with the county after his release on probation.
San Juan police officers and Hidalgo County Precinct 2 deputy constables nabbed Sanchez as part of Operation Curbside. The operation seeks to weed out street-level drug vendors.
The law enforcers allegedly caught Sanchez red-handed.
Sanchez allegedly tried to hide the hydroponic marijuana before his arrest.
Investigators searched his phone and found text messages with photos of marijuana and the prices he was charging.
"His probation was for a marijuana (conviction). He had been arrested by our department for possession of marijuana," San Juan Police Sgt. Rolando Garcia said.