Crime Briefs: Officer, the car is borrowed. So are the shorts with the cocaine in the pocket
Sergio Joya-Estrada told the deputy who pulled him over near Carbondale on Feb. 15 that he’d borrowed the car from a friend, and when cocaine was found in the shorts he was wearing, he said he’d borrowed them, too.
According to his arrest affidavit, Joya-Estrada, 21, of El Jebel, had no front license plate, expired insurance and a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving without a license. Authorities found an empty 24-pack of Modelo, including a half-full open can, in the car and a folded up $1 bill with .33 grams of cocaine on this person.
He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, a felony, as well as failure to appear, driving without a license, open container of alcohol and displaying fictitious plates, all misdemeanors.
WIFE WORRIES ABOUT HIS GUN AND DRINKING
After Garfield County sheriff’s deputies secured the scene after a report of a drunken man threatening neighbors with a shotgun, they met with the suspect’s wife who said he wasn’t supposed to own a gun and she was afraid to return home.
Robert Ramos-Esparza, 33, of Parachute, had been convicted of second-degree assault in 1998 and menacing in 2009. According to his arrest affidavit, his wife told police that she had returned home Feb. 12 to find him drinking. She went to buy groceries, and he texted her requesting more beer. She obliged, but told him he should quit drinking.
Ramos-Esparza left, and returned with the shotgun. When she attempted to flee with her 3-year-old grandson, he pinned her against a car and choked her, authorities reported.
When police caught up with him the next morning, Ramos-Esparza denied having a shotgun or choking his wife. He was arrested for possession of a weapon by a previous offender, a felony, as well as prohibited use of weapons and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors.
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