A traffic stop on Interstate 20 ended in the arrest of two people when Webster Parish authorities discovered weapons and approximately 90 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine inside the vehicle.
Jennifer E. Sepulvado, 26, of the 2000 block of Goodwill Road in Minden, was arrested Friday, March 18 for improper lane use, possession of Schedule II CDS, possession of Schedule I CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. Bond was set at $36,250.
Cruz Fidel Aldama, 25, of the 2000 block of Goodwill Road in Minden, was arrested for possession of Schedule II CDS (Suboxone), possession of Schedule II CDS, possession of Schedule I CDS, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $41,700.
The traffic stop was conducted at approximately 10:30 p.m. at mile marker 38 when Webster Parish Sheriff’s Deputies Joel C. Thomas and Bobby Igo III reportedly observed a white Chevy Equinox cross the white line on the shoulder of the road several times. When contact was made with the driver, identified as Sepulvado, deputies say they smelled the odor of what was suspected to be marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
When she was asked for consent to search the vehicle, she refused, deputies said. Thomas went to the passenger side and asked Aldama to exit the vehicle. At that time, Thomas brought his K-9 partner Nicko to the passenger side, and he “alerted” on the vehicle.
Both were advised of their rights, and Aldama reportedly admitted to having marijuana in a container inside the console.
Lt. Eric Roby and Deputy Troy Walker stayed with Sepulvado and Aldama while a search of the vehicle was conducted. The search revealed the marijuana, along with approximately 90 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a .22 caliber rifle, a .380 caliber handgun, ammunition for both weapons, along with scales, pipes and other suspected drug paraphernalia.
Sepulvado and Aldama were placed under arrest, and during transport to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center, Aldama reportedly admitted to having a suboxone pill in his shoe.
The two were booked at BDCC.