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Court Records: 2 Houston-area men caught with meth, heroin and prescription drugs in Progreso

3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Saturday, February 08 2020 Feb 8, 2020 February 08, 2020 10:27 AM February 08, 2020 in News
Nathaniel Alan Bridges, 40, of Dickinson (left) and Joseph Mark Smith, 39, of Pearland (right) were arrested on Jan. 30, 2020. (Photos courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.)

A police lieutenant arrested two Houston-area men last week, when they passed through Progreso carrying methamphetamine, heroin, prescription drugs and a pistol, according to court records.

At about 8 p.m. on Jan. 30, a police lieutenant stopped a white Kia Optima near the intersection of Military Highway and Farm-to-Market Road 1015 in Progreso.

The driver, 40-year-old Nathaniel Alan Bridges of Dickinson, said he had just returned from Mexico with the passenger, 39-year-old Joseph Mark Smith of Pearland.

Bridges looked “very nervous and was sweating from his forehead,” according to court records.

When the police lieutenant asked if they had any drugs or illegal contraband, Bridges said they purchased medication in Mexico.

The police lieutenant asked if Bridges or Smith had prescriptions for the medication they purchased, according to court records. They didn’t.

During a search, the police lieutenant found various pills, a bottle of Codeine, bags of a clear, white glassy substance that tested positive for methamphetamine; a rock-like substance that tested positive for heroin and a pistol, according to court records.

The police lieutenant arrested Bridges and Smith.

Bridges is charged with possession of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, a second-degree felony; possession of more than 28 grams but less than 200 grams of a substance in Penalty Group 3, a third-degree felony; and unlawfully carrying a weapon, a Class A misdemeanor.

Court records don't list an attorney for Bridges, who was released from the Hidalgo County jail on Feb. 6.

Smith is charged with possession of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, a second-degree felony; and possession of more than 28 grams but less than 200 grams of a substance in Penalty Group 3, a third-degree felony.

Court records don't list an attorney for Smith, who remained at the Hidalgo County jail on Saturday and couldn't be reached for comment.

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