DeJuan Ellis Ervis was caught in more than a speed trap while he was hustling through Mineral County on Feb. 9.
At 7:48 p.m. Deputy Kyle Leslie of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office did a routine traffic stop on Ervis, who was traveling 70 mph in a 45 mph speed zone.
The routine traffic stop would become suspicious when Leslie ran his identification, which came back as having no valid driver’s license. The rental car, registered in another’s name, was under his control.
Noting that the subject was nervous, Leslie questioned Ervis. The deputy asked if there were any controlled substances in the vehicle, whereas Ervis stated “a marijuana joint.”
With consent to search the vehicle, Leslie found Ervis was hauling more than a joint. The traffic stop would yield over two ounces of marijuana, wrapped in separate parcels, which would lead to the possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to sell.
Among his possession was also $2,600 in U.S. currency. All was confiscated.
Ervin, who’s from Escondido, Calif. was booked into the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office jail on the above charges with a bail set at $8,640.
“I am proud of the efforts of this department and we will continue to attack the drug problem in this county, with fever,” Sheriff Stewart Handte said in a brief statement to the Independent-News. “I don’t think we have scratched the surface but we will continue to crack down on those who buy, sell or use in the county,”