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An unlicensed driver from Pearsall faces multiple felony drug charges after two traffic stops on the same day yielded methamphetamine.
Deputies say the first infraction happened shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday, August 4, when law enforcement noticed a Ford pickup truck parked facing traffic on Guadalupe Street.
According to a report on the case, deputies made contact with the driver, identified as 35-year-old Jerry O. Pina, and asked him to move the vehicle out of the roadway.
It was during the roadside interview with Pina that the deputy noted a strong odor of marijuana, according to the report, and Pina allegedly admitted to having smoked earlier.
Emergency dispatchers confirmed that Pina was wanted on an arrest warrant for failure to appear on a prior drug charge.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine jammed in an air vent, a bag of methamphetamine on the dashboard and an open container of alcohol in the center console.
Pina received multiple citations for the drugs and alcohol and was warned that a warrant would be issued if the substance was confirmed as methamphetamine.
Within 24 hours, Pina was stopped by deputies after he was seen driving through town.
“I verified my prior knowledge he did not have a drivers’ license,” the officer’s report read.
Pina’s drivers license had expired in November 2010, according to emergency dispatchers.
According to the report, deputies had Pina’s vehicle towed due to an invalid drivers’ license. However, during a search of the vehicle methamphetamine was discovered.
Warrants have been issued for Pina’s arrest.