CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A 47-year-old Tucson man was arrested after drugs were found in his car during a traffic stop on April 14.
A K-9 deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office stopped Jose Real on Interstate 10 outside Casa Grande after observing the window tint on his vehicle was too dark, according to spokesman Tim Gaffney.
Gaffney said the deputy saw a rolled-up $1 bill on Real's lap, a white powdery substance on his black shirt and baseball hat, and a digital scale commonly involved with the distribution of narcotics on the floorboard.
Real reportedly told the deputy that he had snorted some cocaine earlier and there was a little bit inside the vehicle.
The deputy searched Real's vehicle and found 1.1 ounces of cocaine, .6 ounces of methamphetamines, 17 grams of marijuana, 5 marijuana pipes, one methamphetamine pipe, one Ruger 9mm handgun, two scales and $2,011.
"Jose tried to claim the drugs found in a bag inside of the vehicle were not his, but evidently he must have forgotten his vehicle registration and insurance were inside of this same bag," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "When an individual uses a drug, the first thing to go is judgment. In this case not only did Jose use bad judgment when he decided to get behind the wheel after using cocaine but also when he left the dollar bill he used to snort the cocaine on his lap and forgot to wipe the cocaine he spilled off of his shirt."
Gaffney said Real is a prohibited possessor of a firearm due to numerous prior arrests and felony convictions for narcotic sales, theft, possession of stolen property and misconduct involving a weapon.
Real was arrested and was booked into the Pinal County Jail for possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of marijuana for sale and misconduct involving a weapon. He was also investigated for driving a vehicle while impaired by a drug and driving with an illegal drug in his system. Gaffney said the impaired driving charges will be filed after the blood sample Real provided is tested.