A man was arrested on Saturday night and again on Monday morning after he fell asleep in his vehicle.
On Monday, Sgt. Mario Hinojosa was on patrol on East Main near Woodlawn when he observed a vehicle in the middle of the street with no visible driver. According to the report, the driver, Michael Justin Flores was asleep in the truck with a half a synthetic marijuana cigarette near him. While the officer spoke with Flores he detected a strong odor of marijuana. Flores was arrested and transported to the Jim Wells County jail. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving.
Officer Benjamin Belmares was dispatched to a business on the 1600 block of East Main for a vehicle parked at the gas pumps. Belmares made contact with Flores and detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Flores told the officer he had marijuana and synthetic marijuana in the truck, report stated. A search of the truck was conducted and the officer located two small bags of marijuana and a small bag of synthetic marijuana. Flores was sent to the county jail and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.
Traffic stop arrest
A business on North Johnson Street called police when two unwanted individuals showed up in search of an individual. Officer Julian Barrera arrived and made contact with the reporting party who stated the individuals left the business in a Mustang. The officer caught up with the vehicle in question and conducted a traffic stop on the 1200 block of South Highway 281.
When the officer made contact with the driver, Juan Manuel Pena, and the passenger, Lolita Marissa Garcia, he observed an open alcoholic beverage. Pena refused to give consent to a vehicle search. After a plain view search the officer conducted a search of the vehicle due to the open container. According to the report, a glass pipe with cocaine residue was found in the console and several pills of Hydrocodone and Alprazolam in a plastic bag were located inside Garcia's wallet.
Pena was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, no drivers license and open container. Garcia was arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
They were transported to the Jim Wells County jail.