Lufkin man gets probation for drug deal in front of cop

Pablo Saucedo. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
Pablo Saucedo. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man pleaded guilty to dealing drugs in front of a uniformed police officer in August, accepting a probation sentence on Friday.

Pablo Jessie Saucedo, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance in Judge Gerald Goodwin's courtroom.

According to the police report, a Lufkin Police officer was arriving at Brookshire Brothers on Chestnut Street on Aug. 3 to begin working an off-duty security job. The officer arrived in his personal vehicle and was in his police uniform when he saw what he thought was a drug deal between the two suspects in a GMC pickup and another person, according to the report.

The buyer left the scene, so the officer decided to go after the sellers. The officer reported finding powdered cocaine, meth and drug paraphernalia in the truck and arrested the suspects.

The officer arrested Saucedo and Arturo Sarmiento, 25, of Lufkin. Sarmiento's case is pending in district court.

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