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Press Release #030915(08)-Police Discover Drugs, Handgun During Traffic Stop

Two Dallas teens are facing drug possession and weapons charges after San Angelo Police Officers located a handgun and marijuana during a late-night traffic stop.


On March 8, 2015, just after 11:00 p.m., San Angelo Police Officers D. Welch and C. Martin conducted a traffic stop on a gray 2004 Chevrolet Malibu in the area of West Avenue M and South Bryant Blvd.


When the officers made contact with the driver and passenger, they detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. 


During a probable cause search of the vehicle, officers located a small amount of marijuana and a loaded semi-automatic handgun underneath the front passenger seat.  Officers also located burnt marijuana cigarettes in the vehicle's center console and alcoholic beverages in the back seat. 


The driver was identified as nineteen-year-old Maribeth R. Burrell of Dallas, Texas.  During a records check, police learned Burrell had two outstanding Arrest Warrants out of Dallas County for 3rd Degree Felony Prostitution Solicit Person 14-17YOA and Class B Misdemeanor Prostitution.  Burrell was arrested and charged with Class B Possession of Marijuana and her outstanding Arrest Warrants.  Burrell was issued citations for Defective License Plate Light, No Driver's License, and Minor in Possession of Alcoholic Beverage. 


The passenger was identified as eighteen-year-old Dana Ortiz of Dallas, Texas.  Ortiz was arrested and charged with Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Carrying of Weapon.


Burrell and Ortiz were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.