Traffic Stop Yields Driver’s Arrest and Almost 2 Pounds of Suspected Fentanyl
Photo: Seized evidence
SAN LEANDRO —Officers recovered almost two pounds of suspected fentanyl and arrested Marvin Alexander Rodriguez-Flores last weekend. The suspect’s arrest stems from a traffic stop for code violations.
An officer on routine patrol observed a driver and vehicle in violation of the California vehicle code. A traffic stop was initiated in response. Rodriguez-Flores the 23-year-old driver is a resident of Oakland.
He was contacted July 30 near the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Aurora Drive. Turns out the vehicle code considerations were nothing compared to what happened next. A haul of illicit drugs was found inside the vehicle.
While the officer was investigating, probable cause was established to search the suspect’s vehicle. This resulted in a large quantity of suspected fentanyl being located and recovered safely.
During the search suspected heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana were also located inside the vehicle. In addition to illicit drugs, the officer also discovered the driver was in possession of nearly $3,000 in cash.
This large quantity of drugs and wads of cash resulted in Rodriguez-Flores being arrested on suspicion of drug dealing. He was transported July 31 to Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, although he is presently no longer in custody.
Rodriquez-Flores was booked on three drug-related charges –
Possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell PC 11378
Possession of a controlled substance for sale PC 11351
Possession of marijuana 28.5 grams or less PC 11357(B)