A traffic stop Wednesday evening yielded conflicting stories from the driver, who was arrested on allegations of possessing methamphetamine, holding another man’s driver’s license and claiming to be that man, sheriff’s officials said.
The man’s girlfriend was also arrested on a drug charge. A back-seat passenger was released.
Morris Mood Jr., 38, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of fraudulent identifying information and failure to identify, jail records state. Mood remained jailed Thursday in lieu of bonds totaling $65,000.
Demetria Valenzuela, 32, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and remained jailed with bond set at $10,000.
According to a report by sheriff’s Cpl. Taylor Fletcher:
Fletcher stopped a Buick sedan pulling a small trailer at 6:18 p.m. on Highway 279 for having a burned-out headlight. The driver produced an Arizona driver’s license, which was later determined to belong to someone else. The driver was eventually identified as Mood.
The driver told Fletcher he was headed back to Tucson, Ariz. and said he was not living in Brownwood, then said he had been in Brownwood since November. The driver said there was nothing illegal in the vehicle and said he had never been arrested, then said he had been arrested for intoxication-related offenses in Arizona.
The driver denied consent for Fletcher to search the car, saying Valenzuela was “very particular about how things were organized in the car, despite the car’s interior being piled with junk and miscellaneous items,” Fletcher’s report states.
Early police detective Brandon McMillian arrived with his drug dog, and the dog alerted on the driver’s side of the car. Fletcher searched the car and found 2.8 grams of methamphetamine and digital scales with crystal residue.
Due to the bitterly cold weather and the large extent of the search, Fletcher and deputy Sadie Hammonds relocated the car to the jail sally port to continue the search. Valenzuela asked if she could just claim the narcotics as hers to protect the driver and a back seat passenger, who was not charged.
“I told her that if that’s specifically why she was doing it, even though it was not true, that I could not take her word for it,” Fletcher’s report states.
Deputies learned information that led them to identify the driver as Mood, who had a parole warrant. Sheriff’s narcotics detective Carlyle Gover showed Mood a photo of a previous book-in photo from the Brown County Jail and asked Mood if that was him in the photo. “Mood said ‘maybe,’” Fletcher’s report states.
Fletcher alleged in his report that Mood falsely used the other man’s driver’s license “to avoid being identified as a fugitive from justice.”
Fletcher located a baggie with just over a gram of methamphetamine on the sally port floor. Another deputy told Fletcher the floor had been clean before deputies resumed searching the car inside the sally port and no other agencies had brought any inmates to jail during the search.