A Lincoln County man was arrested Saturday on drug charges following a traffic stop in Drew County.
When Manuel Mondragon, 22, of Grady, was stopped for speeding on U.S. 425 North early Saturday morning, Drew County Deputy Sheriff Brandon Wright smelled the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.
Wright told Mondragon why he was stopped and asked for his drivers license and proof of insurance. Mondragon provided both. After verifying the documents, Wright returned to Mondragon’s vehicle and asked him when the last time marijuana was present inside the vehicle. Mondragon told the officer it had been about a month or two and permitted Wright to look inside the vehicle, according to the news release.
Inside the dashboard compartment, Wright reportedly discovered a small, clear plastic bag containing a white powder-like substance believed to be cocaine. Also discovered inside the vehicle were “multiple” bags wrapped in a roll of shop towels. Those bags reportedly contained a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and weighed approximately 34 grams. Other items discovered in the vehicle was a set of digital scales, marijuana drug test kits, approximately 25 marijuana cigarettes, a marijuana grinder, $322.24 in cash and a Marlin .17 caliber rifle, according to the news release.
Mondragon was transported to the Drew County Detention Facility where he was charged with possession of controlled substance (cocaine), possession of controlled substance with the intent to deliver (marijuana), and simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm.