Friday, May 27, 2016

Tyler TX Radio: KJLT Personality Arrested On Drug Charges

Patrick Aaron Aquirre
A KLJT 102.9 FM / 95.3 FM radio personality is facing new drug charges following a Thursday arrest and accusations he was involved in organized crime involving drugs and thousands of dollars of suspicious bank deposits.

According to the Tyler Telegraph, Patrick Aaron Aguirre, 39, was arrested and charged with engaging in criminal organized activity and manufacturing of a controlled substance, on top of the original drug possession charge for which he was arrested on May 3.  Aquirre, known as Brain on KLJT's morning show is also the station Program Director.

Aguirre was booked into the Smith County Jail Thursday on bonds totaling $850,000. Three others were arrested in connection to the arrest; they all are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

According to arrest affidavits, the investigation began in December 2015, when an officer working a part time security job at a Tyler bank noticed people making frequent, large deposits to an account.

The suspects were depositing money into the account, held by Justin and Jesse Campos, in amounts of $5,000 or less to avoid having to fill out currency transaction reports.  During the course of the investigation, a detective was present when Aquiree also made a large deposit.

During surveillance of Aguirre’s residence, multiple vehicles were noted as coming and going. During a stop of a vehicle leaving the residence on Feb. 22, officers found more than two pounds of marijuana, five packages of THC oil for e-cigarettes, marked as being for medical use in California.

Aguirre and his girlfriend were both pulled over and searched shortly after, but neither were arrested at the time.  Almost all accont activity stopped after Aguirre was pulled over.

In April, Aguirre was seen driving to a place where Campos lived and picked up a package. On May 3, Aguirre was arrested at a home in Tyler. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance of less than 5 pounds, but more than 4 ounces, a state felony. Investigators seized marijuana and more than $21,000 in cash. Aguirre and his girlfriend were determined to be responsible for at least $60,000 of the deposits to Campos’ accounts.

Investigators then searched Campos’ residence where Aguirre had picked up the package. They found 2.4 pounds of marijuana, 15.5 grams of hydrocodone, seven pistols and an AR-15 rifle.

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