A traffic stop for speeding has led to the arrest of a fugitive from Georgia on weapon charges along with numerous drug charges.
According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Lt. Bobby Lyons stopped a tan 4-door Chevrolet on Interstate 77 at the 19.5 mile marker for speeding on Feb. 6. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Adrian Jose Romero, 29, of Martinez, Georgia. According to Gardner, a National Crime Information Center check determined Romero was a fugitive and was wanted by the Georgia Department of Parole.
“Deputy Jake Worrell, along with Sgt. David Walls and his K9 partner ‘Pike,’ arrived on scene to assist with the traffic stop. K9 ‘Pike’ alerted on the passenger side rear door and front door of the vehicle, indicating possible narcotics inside,” Gardner said in a press release. “As a result of the search of the vehicle, deputies found a .45 caliber handgun, reported stolen from Columbia County, Georgia. Another bag, which contained other plastic bags was located, which tested positive for heroin. Also, the same plastic bag contained three bundles of cash.”
In addition, Gardner said a sunglass case was discovered containing two syringes with an unknown liquid inside. A coat was also discovered with three more bundles of cash in the pocket.
“A suitcase was found in the trunk with a box inside, which contained white crystals that field tested positive for Methamphetamine,” Garnder said. “Also in the box was green leafy plant material which tested positive for THC (marijuana).”
Gardner said Romero was arrested and charged with being a Fugitive from Justice from Georgia, possession of stolen property, possession of a Schedule II drug while in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a Schedule II drug, distribution of a Schedule II drug, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule IV drug, possession of counterfeit money, possession of a Schedule III drug, speeding 78 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone, and driving suspended. Romero is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.