Two women were charged by police Tuesday with methamphetamine possession following a traffic stop due to expired auto insurance.
Officers first observed a red 2001 Honda Civic in the 100 block of East Murphy Street around 10:06 p.m. Tuesday, an Odessa Police Department release said. A computer check revealed the insurance on the vehicle was expired, and a traffic stop was conducted.
The driver was identified as 22-year-old Brenda Alvarez and the passenger as 22-year-old Stephanie Maldonado, the release said.
After smelling marijuana coming from the vehicle, Alvarez was found to be in possession of six bags of methamphetamine, a meth pipe, seven empty baggies and marijuana, the release detailed. The methamphetamine weighted around 5.6 grams in total.
Alvarez and Maldonado were both charged with manufacture or delivery of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.
Jail records show both suspects were taken to the Ector County Detention Center Wednesday and have each have two bonds totaling $75,500.