2 local residents arrested on multiple charges, including abandoning and endangering four children

Officers arrest Jamel Galindo and Maricella Siller following a traffic stop

VICTORIA, Texas – On Monday, Oct. 10, at approximately 2:50 p.m., a Victoria Police Department officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation near the intersection of Stayton Avenue and Brownson Street. Law enforcement identified the driver as 34-year-old Jamel Galindo and the passenger as 37-year-old Maricella Siller.

While speaking to the occupants, the officer detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He then instructed Galindo and Siller to exit the vehicle. While conducting an investigation, Galindo reentered the vehicle and drove away, leaving Siller behind. An officer was able to stay with Siller, while the initial officer pursued the driver.

The vehicle pursuit ended shortly after, near the 12200 block of US Highway 59 S. Galindo stopped the vehicle prior to crossing “spike strips,” deployed by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office. Officials conducted a felony stop, and then took Galindo into custody.

Officers discovered that Galindo and Siller were in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine and crack cocaine, which were all individually prepackaged. They also located a firearm.

Officials transported Galindo and Siller, both convicted felons, to the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office jail. They then executed a subsequent search warrant at Galindo and Siller’s residence in the 1400 block of E. Stayton Ave. At the residence, officers located four juveniles, all under 10-years-of-age, alone inside.

During the search, officers also located a large amount of methamphetamine, crack cocaine, ecstasy and an additional firearm. Officials later released the children to a family member.

Galindo was charged with the following:

  • Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 <1G (ecstasy)
  • Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1 >4G<200G (cocaine)
  • Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1 >400G (methamphetamine)
  • Abandoning/Endangering Child (4 counts)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (2 counts)
  • Evading Arrest with a Vehicle With Previous Conviction

Siller was charged with the following:

  • Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 <1G (ecstasy)
  • Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1 >4G<200G (cocaine)
  • Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1 <400G (methamphetamine)
  • Abandoning/Endangering Child (4 counts)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (2 counts)

The Victoria Police Department provided the above information and photos.