Haleyville Police made a routine traffic stop on Saturday morning, July 9 at 2:14 a.m. on Pounders and Sims Roads off of Highway 195. The Toyota Camry was stopped because the officer noticed an equipment failure on the vehicle. After approaching the vehicle an open container of alcohol was seen by the officer. The driver and passenger were asked to get out of the vehicle. A large plastic bag containing 1.5 pounds of marijuana with a loaded 9 mm pistol laying on top was seen by the officers. A further search revealed a bag containing 112 grams of crystal methamphetamine in a more concentrated form of “ice.
Arrested on the scene and taken to the Winston County Jail were Luis Andres Castro Sandoval, 25, 1116 5th Avenue, Haleyville, and Jose Rodriguez, 25, 12317 Pounders and Sims Road, Haleyville. The charges against both were possession of marijuana/1st Degree, Drug Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of a controlled substance, and possession of stolen property/2nd degree. The pistol had been reported stolen locally two years ago.
Bail was set at $10,000 for each charge. Both bonded out later that weekend.