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2 men arrested in Denton after police recover 38 pounds of methamphetamine

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Two men were arrested in Denton over the weekend after police said they found about 38 pounds of methamphetamine outside and inside of a vehicle that had been involved in a crash.

Jose Garcia, 52, and Jose Barazza, 55, were charged with possession of a controlled substance in connection with the incident, police said.

Garcia was also charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest and obstructing the highway, police said. Barazza faces a public intoxication non-alcohol charge.

Officers responded around 9:15 p.m. Saturday to a call of welfare concern involving a crashed vehicle and a man walking around the crash site on I-35 near Bonnie Brae Street, police said. They found a wrecked vehicle that was unoccupied, police said, with a package of methamphetamine sitting on the ground.

That package was determined to weight 451 grams, police said.

Officers later saw Garcia, who took off running when they spoke to him, police said. As officers chased him, he reportedly stopped, turned around and displayed a knife before advancing on a sergeant.

The sergeant, who gave the suspect commands to stop, tased him, police said. He was taken into custody.

Officers applied for a search warrant and towed the vehicle to the Denton Police Department, police said. After obtaining a search warrant, police looked through the vehicle and recovered an additional 37.4 pounds of methamphetamine.

Officers were led to Barazza, police said, after a caller at an area hospital reported a disturbance. Officers arrived on the scene and arrested him on a charge of public intoxication.

An investigation revealed he was also involved in the crash and fled the scene. Police charged him with possession of a controlled substance in connection with the roughly 38 pounds of methamphetamine recovered.

Barazza is also being held on a Department of Homeland Security Warrant/Immigration Detainer, police said.

The University of North Texas Police Department and City of Denton Fleet Services assisted Denton police with this investigation.

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