Man arrested on drug, weapons charges

By Kathleen Guill -

An Oklahoma City man was arrest in Frederick on multiple charges, including possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On July 25 at about 7 p.m. Capt. Joe Rodriquez with the Frederick Police Department saw a car traveling southbound at a high rate of speed in the 400 block of South 16th Street. When the vehicle didn’t stop at a stop sign, Rodriquez followed it with his lights activated until it stopped in a driveway on 15th Street.

According to a police affidavit, Rodriquez saw the suspect try to get out of the car so he hurried over and told him to stay in the car. The suspect allegedly began pleading with Rodriquez to let him go. He was later identified as Jason Benavidez. Rodriquez asked Benavidez if he lived at the address he stopped at and he said no.

Rodriquez asked Benavidez for his license and registration, and he allegedly replied that he didn’t have a license. Rodriquez noted that the suspect was acting unusually nervous, describing him as “very jumpy and tense.” Rodriquez told Benavidez to calm down to which he allegedly replied that he knew he was going to jail.

Rodriquez said that in an attempt to calm the suspect, he told him he was just going to give him a citation before releasing him. While speaking with the suspect, Rodriquez said he could smell an intoxicating beverage odor coming from the vehicle. Rodriquez got a name and birth date for the suspect and when he turned to his patrol car, he noticed a bottle of liquor on the back floor board of the suspect’s car.

Rodriquez asked Benavidez to hand him the bottle and he noticed that it was a half full bottle of tequila. Rodriquez cleared the suspect of weapons before having him sit in the front seat of the patrol car while Rodriquez ran the license check. While in the patrol car, Rodriquez said he could smell the odor of liquor on his breath and person.

It was discovered that the suspect’s license was revoked and the registered owner of the car did not have insurance. Rodriquez asked Benavidez if he could contact the registered owner and he allegedly stated that the owner was in jail in Oklahoma City. Rodriquez decided to impound the car and asked Benavidez if there was anything of value he needed to get before the car was taken. He said he wanted the speakers from the trunk.

Deputy Michael Ebner stood near the patrol car with Benavidez while Rodriquez inventoried the suspect’s car. Rodriquez opened the trunk and removed the speakers. He then opened a box that he found inside a large bag and found what he described as drug paraphernalia that he recognized because of his training in law enforcement. Items included glass pipes, a scale, plastic baggies and other items associated with the sale or distribution of drugs.

Rodriquez also found a BB gun pistol in the same bag as the drug paraphernalia. The gun “had no orange tip or any other outstanding marks that would differentiate it from a real pistol. It actually appeared to be a real pistol until closer examination.”

During the search Rodriquez found a baggie with a “white crystal like substance” inside, which “from my training and experience appeared to be meth and appeared to be an amount to distribute and not only for personal use.”

The substance tested positive for methamphetamines. Rodriquez also found two pills that tested positive for morphine sulfate. After completing the inventory, the car was released to Copeland Wrecker Service and Benavidez was placed under arrest.

He was taken to the Tillman County Jail and booked on charges of driving with license revoked, transporting open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled dangerous substances with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

By Kathleen Guill

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

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