IRON COUNTY — A man and woman were arrested during a traffic stop Wednesday after Iron County Sheriff’s deputies found them in possession of nearly 600 ecstasy pills and a variety of other drugs.
At approximately 10:44 a.m., Deputy Doug Twitchell conducted a traffic stop on a black sports car after he clocked it traveling 102 mph in a 80 mph zone on northbound Interstate 15, near milepost 73, according to probable cause statements filed by Twitchell in support of the arrests.
After pulling the sports car over, Twitchell spoke with the two occupants of the vehicle through the passenger side window.
The man driving the car was identified as Brandon Love, of Denver, and the woman passenger was identified as Octavia Nelson, of Aurora, Colorado, the statement said. While speaking with the two occupants of the vehicle, the deputy noticed marijuana in plain view inside the car.
“I noticed a bud of marijuana on top of the ashtray in the cup in the center console,” Twitchell said in the statements.
Inside the cup, the statement said, the deputy discovered several cigar butts with marijuana in them. When Twitchell asked the two occupants to step out of the car, he also discovered a plastic container next to the passenger seat with marijuana in it.
After informing the two he would be conducting a search on the vehicle, Twitchell said in the statements, Love informed him there was more marijuana in the center console, but nothing else.
However, upon further inspection, the deputy did find other drugs in the vehicle.
According to the statements, Twitchell found a backpack in the back seat of the vehicle containing a baggie of cocaine.
“In the same backpack was a baggie with 571 ecstasy pills,” Twitchell said in the statements.
When Twitchell asked Nelson who the baggie belonged to, she said it was both hers and Love’s, the statement said. When Love was questioned, he said he knew the pills were in the backpack.
Both Nelson and Love were arrested and booked into the Iron County Jail.
They were both charged with a second-degree felony for possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute; a third-degree felony for possession of cocaine; and two class B misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Love was additionally charged with a class C misdemeanor for speeding.
Love and Nelson’s bail for release pending trial is set at $15,000. According to court documents at the time of this publication, both remain in police custody with their preliminary hearings scheduled for April 29.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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