Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested two men in relation to a narcotics bust on Wednesday, March 12 at about 11 p.m., according to a news release from Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson.
According to OCSO, a detective with the Orange County Special Services Division was traveling westbound on the Interstate 10 North service road near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when he saw a Chevrolet Avalanche traveling in the same direction swerve, causing the vehicle to fail to maintain a single lane of travel. The detective stopped the vehicle for the traffic violation and made contact with the driver and passenger. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed an amount of a liquid substance contained in two separate baby bottles hidden within the center console. Due to the detective’s past training and experience, he believed the substance to be approximately twelve ounces of Codeine, a controlled substance. The detective also found one 9mm semi-automatic firearm located in plain view.
The driver, 29-year-old Desmond Spears of Orange, and passenger, 32-year-old Darrell Powell, also of Orange, were arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail. Both Spears and Powell were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a first-degree felony. Spears was also charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, a class A misdemeanor. While in custody, deputies 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, March 13. Spears had bond amounts totaling $42,000. Powell had bond amounts totaling $60,000. Both men remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.