Roswell police arrested a man wanted on several outstanding warrants during a Monday night traffic stop after he was allegedly found hiding in the backseat of a vehicle with a handgun and two bags of methamphetamine.
Daniel Griego, 36, of Roswell, was wanted on five outstanding warrants when he was found Monday at 11:44 p.m., as a passenger in a silver Ford Fusion, during a traffic stop in the area of Main and Second streets, according to documents filed Tuesday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.
Griego was charged with one count each of concealing identity; firearms or destructive devices receipt, transportation or possession by a felon; possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
A booking report from the Chaves County Detention Center of new inmates processed at the facility also listed Griego as facing three counts of failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge and one count each of failure to pay fines and failure to appear at time and place cited in citation.
Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers set bond at $25,000 cash or surety during a court appearance Tuesday.
A patrol officer found Griego when he initiated a stop on the Ford Fusion after learning the registered owner of the vehicle had a revoked license, court documents state.
When the officer walked up to the vehicle, the female driver rolled down her window at the request of the officer and identified herself.
The officer then observed a male — that he recognized as Griego — lying on his right side in the backseat and appearing to conceal his face. Identifying the man as “Danny,” the driver said he had been feeling sick.
Knowing Griego was the subject of five outstanding warrants, the officer called for a backup unit and a second officer arrived on the scene.
When the officer who made the stop opened the back door of the vehicle, he saw two bags of a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine near one of Griego’s feet, court documents state.
The officer then asked Griego for his name and ordered him to exit the vehicle. Griego allegedly identified himself as “Danny Ramirez” but refused to step out of the vehicle.
Court documents state that the officers attempted to pull Griego out of the vehicle, but he continued to resist by lifting his legs onto the seat in front of him and preventing his body from being pulled out.
A Chaves County deputy then conducted a “dry stun” on Griego, court documents state, allowing officers to remove him from the vehicle and place him down on the side of the road.
While wrestling with Griego to get his hands behind his back and handcuffed, officers allegedly found a Hi-Point 380 handgun in a holster on his hip.
Officers later discovered Griego had a past felony conviction from 2006 on an attempted murder charge, according to court documents. He is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.
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