Two Orange men were arrested after they were found to be in possession of two baby bottles of codeine and a weapon in Orange County Wednesday night.
A detective with the Orange County Special Services Division was traveling west bound on the IH-10 north service road near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when he reportedly saw a Chevrolet Avalanche traveling in the same direction swerve, causing the vehicle to fail to maintain a single lane of travel at around 11 p.m. March 12, according to a press release from Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The detective stopped the vehicle for the traffic violation and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed two baby bottles with approximately 12 ounces of codeine. The detective also found one 9mm semi-automatic firearm located in plain view.
The driver, Desmond Spears, 29, of Orange, and passenger Darrell Powell, 32, also of Orange, were arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail. Both Desmond Spears and Darrell Powell were charged with possession of a controlled substance, a first degree felony.
Spears was also charged with unlawfully carrying of a weapon Class A misdemeanor. It was discovered that Powell was a previously convicted felon, therefore he was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, a third degree felony.
Justice of the Peace Judge David Peck arraigned both men Thursday morning. Spears had bond amounts totaling $42,000. Powell had bond amounts totaling $60,000. Both men remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.