DEA executes warrants at beauty supply owner’s home

A day after receiving bond, the Drug Enforcement Administration executed follow-up search warrants at the home of the owner of South Tex Beauty Supply.

Maria Estele Suprise, who owns the McAllen business, was the target of the Tuesday morning warrants.

McAllen assistant special agent in charge, Richard Sanchez, said the DEA, in conjunction with the McAllen and Weslaco police departments, the Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as other federal and state agencies executed the warrants at approximately 10 a.m.

Suprise is charged with money laundering and has been in custody since being arrested last Tuesday.

On Monday afternoon, U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis granted her a $100,000 bond, which prosecutors opposed because they believed she had not disclosed some assets, court records show.

Her attorney, Carlos A. Garcia, said in a motion for bond that Suprise is a long-time business owner in the community and any non-disclosure of assets was accidental and not an attempt to hide finances.

In order to bail out, Suprise must provide $10,000, or 10% of her bond.

She is charged in the case along with Yolando Peña, a South Tex Beauty Supply employee.

During an investigation that began a little more than two years ago, DEA undercover agents working with confidential sources investigated the pair for laundering more than $2 million in drug proceeds from across the state, according to the complaint and Sanchez.

Peña received a $50,000 bond last week. She must deposit $2,500 to the court in order to bail out.

It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday afternoon whether either of the suspects had made bond.

The DEA continues to investigate.