Joel Sanchez, 23, was arrested during a traffic stop on South Gulf Street Wednesday, Oct. 9.


Jim Wells County Sheriff Deputy Craig Gutierrez was on patrol when he conducted the traffic stop. Gutierrez made contact with Sanchez and asked him to step out of the vehicle.


Sanchez was patted down. During the pat down, Gutierrez felt a bulge near Sanchez’s genital area. Sanchez had a bag that contained 17 grams of cocaine, according to sheriff officials.


Sanchez was transported to the JWC jail. He was charged with possession of cocaine and several warrants.