An expired registration led to the arrest of three men by Odessa police who reportedly had fabricated identification cards.
Officers first pulled over the three around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of North Grant Avenue as they were driving a white Chevrolet Silverado with an expired registration sticker, according to an Odessa Police Department news release.
During the traffic stop, the driver, later identified as Antonio Martinez-Barron, initially gave officers a false name and date of birth, the release detailed. During the stop, the strong smell of an alcoholic beverage was observed in the vehicle, and it was determined that the two passengers, Javier Maldonado and Juan Maldonado-Andablo, were intoxicated.
The release said Maldonado-Andablo was found to be in possession of a fake social security card and fake permanent residence card, the release stated, and Maldonado had a fake social security card and an Alabama identification card belonging to someone else with his photo on it. Martinez-Barron was also found to have a fake driver’s license and a fake social security card.
Maldonado was charged with tampering with a government record, a third-degree felony, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, a state jail felony, and public intoxication, a class C misdemeanor. Maldonado-Andablo was also charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and public intoxication, and Martinez-Barron was charged with tampering with a government record and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.
Jail records show all three were taken to the Ector County Detention Center Monday. Maldonado and Martinez-Barron both have two bonds each totaling $22,500 and Maldonado has a detainer from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Maldonado-Andablo has two bonds totaling $15,297 and also has a detainer from ICE.