Liquid painkiller hidden in baby bottles


Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two men following a traffic stop 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. The detective stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver and passenger. A subsequent search revealed a liquid substance in two separate baby bottles in the console. The detective believed the sub-stance to be about 12 ounces of Codeine, a controlled substance. The detective also found a 9 mm semi-automatic firearm in plain view, according to the release.

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.