Flashing firearm leads to search, arrest

Flashing firearm leads to search, arrest

A woman who was reportedly flashing a firearm in traffic was searched and arrested on multiple charges after police in Vidor discovered 45 baggies of synthetic marijuana inside her vehicle.

According to a news release from the Vidor Police Department, officers responded to a call about a woman displaying a firearm in the 100 block of Southe Main Street at 7:37 p.m. on Jan. 25. The caller gave dispatch a vehicle description and license plate, and officers quickly located the vehicle and occupant, identified as 31-year-old Natascha Ibarra of Orange County. When they asked to Ibarra to exit the vehicle, reports Chief Rod Carroll, a clear plastic baggie fell from her lap onto the ground. Officers recognized the contents as synthetic marijuana. A search of the driver yielded 23 baggies of "fake," and police found another 22 inside the vehicle in addition to 35 prescription Xanax pills, a Schedule IV narcotic also known as alprazolam, and a scale used to weigh out narcotics. 

Officers also found the firearm Ibarra allegedly flashed in traffic, which turned out to be a BB gun.

Ibarra was arrested for possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 2 and possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 3. Bond was not yet set at the time of the news release.