By Alisha Thompson
One motorist failing to signal while switching lanes resulted a big drug bust for the Davis Police Department during the early morning hours of Feb. 10. All together, approximately 6 pounds of marijuana, 11 Xanax pills, .09 grams of methamphetamine and 2.5 grams of heroin were recovered as well as guns and other items.
Officer Richard Reeder said he was patrolling East Main Street when he was stopped behind a Lexus SUV at the train. When the train cleared the tracks, the driver of the SUV, Joshua Leal, failed to signal when he switched lanes. Officer Reeder pulled over Leal in the Snak Shak parking lot.
After running Leal’s expired Texas identification card, Officer Reeder noticed an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. He then requested identification from the passenger, Katherine George, to see if she could take over driving for Leal.
Leal admitted to Officer Reeder that they had come from Austin, Texas, and had a room at the Winstar Casino. He said he’d had alcohol earlier that day at the casino.
After requesting backup, Officer Reeder asked Leal to step out of the vehicle. When he did, Officer Reeder noticed a magazine (later identified as belonging to a pistol) in the floor. Leal said the gun was in the back seat. The back seat passenger, Jacob Handran, gave Officer Reeder his identification.
Officer Reeder asked why the vehicle smelled so strongly of alcohol and Leal said that a beer had spilled. He also said there might be an open container. Officer Reeder told Leal he was going to search the vehicle.
George and Handran were asked to exit the vehicle and were patted down for weapons by Officer Reeder.
At the driver’s door, Officer Reeder noticed a piece of foil with burn marks on it and a bottle with pills located in the driver’s door.
Officer Randall Carter arrived at this time and Leal was placed in the back of his car. Handran was placed in handcuffs in the back of Officer Carter’s car. George was asked to sit in Officer Reeder’s car so she could get out of the weather.
Officer Reeder found a small orange skull with a black tar like substance that later tested for 2.5 grams of heroin. Under the driver’s seat was a small black bag with a glass pipe in it. Items also found included: a black crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine but was too small of an amount to measure, a jar with a green leafy substance (later tested positive for marijuana), a glass pipe, a dark gray bottle with 11 Xanax bars, pistol with a 40 round magazine loaded into it, brass knuckles, a Kel-Tec pistol grip rifle, a large knife, police scanners and a hard-shell rifle case with 2 black powder muskets in it.
Officer Carter found a small bag with a white, crystal-like substance in George’s wallet.
At the back of the SUV, there was a medium size backpack with several bags that later tested for marijuana. There was also a glass cylinder with a green leafy substance in it.
Staff Sergeant Sean Apple arrived to assist the officers on scene.
Officer Reed transported George to the Murray County Jail and Officer Carter transported Leal and Handran.
Upon arriving at the jail, Leal told Reeder he took ownership of everything in the car except the weapons. Before George was processed at the jail she was reminded that if she had anything hidden on her person, she needed to let them know at that point because once they were behind bars, it was too late.
Sulphur Police Officer Lisa Cochran came out in a few minutes and informed Officer Reeder that during dress-out a small bag of a white crystal-like substance fell out of George’s undergarments. It would later test to be methamphetamine and weighed 2.2 grams.
Handran admitted a small amount of marijuana in his fanny pack but denied knowledge of the drugs and firearms in the vehicle. He admitted to taking Xanax earlier in the day.