Scottsbluff man faces drug, weapons charges after Sunday stop

January 16, 2019

A 30-year-old Scottsbluff man faces drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop Sunday.

Christopher Gomez has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony; possession of a deadly weapon by a felon, a Class II felony; carrying a concealed weapon, a Class I misdemeanor; no valid registration, a Class III misdemeanor; and no proof of insurance, a Class II misdemeanor.

According to an affidavit filed in Scotts Bluff County Court, a Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle driven by Gomez after observing the vehicle did not have any plates or in-transits in the window and had a broken front driver’s side headlight. The deputy reported smelling the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and Gomez acknowledged having pipes in the vehicle.

The deputy searched the vehicle, finding a black backpack in the backseat of the vehicle that contained two glass pipes, a glass water bong with residue. One of the pipes tested positive for methamphetamine. The deputy also located a black scale and a metal straw, both of which the deputy said had a white crystal residue. The deputy discovered a knife that had been concealed under the seat of the vehicle.

Gomez was arraigned on charges in Scotts Bluff County Court Monday. His bond has been set at $29,500.

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