Press Release # 062214(13) Traffic Stop Leads to Drug and Weapon Charges
June 22, 2014, at approximately 5:10 p.m., San Angelo Police Officers A. Nandin and M. Faz observed the driver of a 2000 tan Chevrolet S-10 Pickup in the 500 block of South Oaks Street commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the male driver and two male passengers.
During contact with the driver, Officers Nandin and Faz detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Officer Nandin spoke with the driver and conducted a probable cause search of his person as well as the two passengers. The driver did not have any illegal paraphernalia or substance on his person. The back passenger, identified as Gerardo Enriquez (03/02/91), was searched and drug paraphernalia was located in his pants pocket and several small bags of methamphetamine were located in this sock. The front passenger, identified as Ector Gamez (05/17/94), was searched and several bags of methamphetamine were located in his pants pockets along with a bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Gamez also gave a false name and date of birth during the investigation. As officers searched the vehicle, a Glock .40 caliber pistol was located between the front passenger seat and the center console. Further investigation linked the pistol to Gamez.
Gamez was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon, Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Fail to Identify, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and two County Warrants for Organized Crime. Enriquez was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were arrested and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. The 22 year old male driver was issued a warning for Failure to Signal Intent and released at the scene.