A 28-year-old man is facing a charge for drug distribution after Greeley police say they found more than 15 grams of meth and received a suspicious call during a traffic stop.
A Greeley police officer was conducting patrol about 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in the 100 block of 18th Street when he saw a pickup truck with an expired temporary tag. The officer pulled the truck over, and approached the vehicle.
The officer found three people in the vehicle, but no one in the driver’s seat. The three people said the driver fled out of the driver’s side door, but the officer never saw any doors open. Police detained the vehicle occupants.
A K-9 unit alerted to drugs in the vehicle. Police found several pieces of paraphernalia, including a digital scale with white residue that later tested presumptive positive for meth, according to court documents.
One of the people being detained, Javier Barraza, 28, had his pants unbuttoned, according to an affidavit for his arrest, with only a belt securing on his pants. Speaking with police, Barraza said they picked up meth from an alley and that it was located in his underwear, the affidavit states.
The officer removed the substance, which weighed about 15.3 grams and tested presumptive positive for meth, according to records.
While writing a citation for the driver, the officer noticed a cellphone ringing. None of the vehicle occupants claimed it, so the officer answered.
“Hello, this is Officer McCollum with the Greeley Police Department. How can I help you?” the officer answered.
“Hey, where is my s—?” a female voice responded. “You told me to meet you at the Heritage at 8 o’clock, and you are late.”
The officer suspected the call had to do with the meth and hung up, according to records. Barraza denied ownership of the phone and said he didn’t know who it belonged to.
But on the way to the jail, Barraza asked if he could use the phone to call his sister, according to records. Police said he knew the passcode to unlock the phone.
Barraza was booked into the Weld County Jail on suspicion of Schedule II drug distribution, a Class 2 drug felony. He remains in the jail as of Sunday. Barraza has a disposition hearing in this case 10 a.m. Oct. 21.