A traffic stop led to two men being charged by Ector County deputies upon discovery of various warrants, a firearm, and marijuana in their vehicle.
Deputies pulled over the vehicle around 2:45 p.m. Monday in the 7800 block of West University Boulevard after the driver, 20-year-old Adrian Leyva, failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of West University Boulevard and Redondo Avenue, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office news release stated.
Leyva initially sped up briefly after the deputy activated his emergency lights before stopping at a trailer park, the release detailed. When asked for his license after he exited the vehicle, Leyva told the officer he didn’t have one.
The passenger in the vehicle gave a fictitious name to the officer when asked, so a check was run through the computer, identifying him as 20-year-old Javier Romero, the release stated.
Romero had three outstanding warrants, including a parole violation, reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor, and evading arrest, a class A misdemeanor, the release detailed. He was also charged with failure to give identification, a class A misdemeanor.
A strong odor of marijuana was noticed when Romero exited the vehicle, the release stated, and deputies found three baggies containing around 92.7 grams of suspected marijuana, along with a firearm and ammo.
Leyva and Romero were both charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.
Jail records show Romero and Leyva were taken to the Ector County Detention Center on Monday. Romero has five bonds totaling $17,900 and Leyva has two bonds totaling $8,500 and a hold issued by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.