Man charged with methamphetamine delivery

After finding a bag of methamphetamine in clear view inside his vehicle, police charged a man Sunday night with delivery of methamphetamine, a first-degree-felony.

Officers first responded to Jackson Square Apartments, 1120 N. Jackson Ave., around 11:21 p.m. Sunday about a disturbance, an Odessa Police Department press release stated.

The complainant told officers he had been threatened by a man with a shotgun, the release detailed. Police then made contact with the suspect, 33-year-old Joseph Montez Juarez, who said he had placed the shotgun inside the apartment.

While speaking with Juarez, the release detailed, officers noticed a white Ford Explorer parked in front of the apartment, with a bag containing a crystal-like substance and a black digital scale inside.

After admitting the vehicle belonged to him, officers searched the vehicle and found around 53.26 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, as well as multiple scales and narcotics pipes, the release said.

Officers also made contact with a woman inside Juarez’s apartment, 27-year-old Jordan Alise Sawyer, who had reportedly placed the shotgun underneath the blanket of a child’s bed to hide it from officers, the release detailed.

Juarez was charged with delivery of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor, while Sawyer was charged with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony.

Jail records show Juarez and Sawyer were taken to the Ector County Detention Center Sunday. Juarez has two bonds totaling $50,500 and Sawyer has a $15,000 bond.