TRINIDAD – A 42-year old Trinidad man was arrested on drug charges the day after Thanksgiving after officers on foot patrol observed the man and contacted three people sitting in a car in the parking lot of the Western Apartments. Eddie Sandoval was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of various controlled substances. A press release issued by the Trinidad Police Department said while officers were on foot patrol of the Western Apartments at about 6:15 pm Friday, Nov. 28, they saw Sandoval in a vehicle with Johnny Trujillo, 26, and Shelby Brown, 22, both of Trinidad. Officers approached the vehicle to speak with Sandoval and Trujillo and noted that Sandoval had two plastic bags in his hands, one containing a white powder. Officers made contact with Sandoval and asked to see the bags. Sandoval denied that there were any bags in the vehicle. Officers then asked all those in the vehicle to step out. When Sandoval got out of the vehicle, the officers located the two bags they had already seen along with another black bag near the
driver’s seat. Sandoval, Trujillo, and Brown were questioned by officers at the scene. Trujillo and Brown consented to a voluntary search and when nothing illegal was found on them, the pair were released. Sandoval was detained and officers conducted a pat-down search for weapons prior to taking him into custody. During the search officers located a prescription bottle filled with various pills, a plastic bag containing various pills, and a plastic bag containing bindles of a green leafy substance. Police seized 26.3 grams of methamphetamines, 50.9 grams of heroin, 3.7 grams of cocaine, 14.7 grams of marijuana, and 181 pills. Sandoval has been charged with one count of distribution, manufacture, and possession with intent to distribute more than ½ ounce of a schedule II controlled substance, a class 2 drug felony. Sandoval was booked into the Las Animas County Jail and held in lieu of a $10,000 cash or surety bond. Sandoval remains in custody on a parole hold according to Trinidad investigators.