New York man faces felony charges in Saline County

Friday, July 27, 2018

A New York man is facing four felony charges after a traffic stop in Saline County led to his arrest.

According to a probable cause statement, on Friday, July 20, a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer pulled over a 2013 Honda Pilot, driven by Edwin A. Carrillo, 27, of Hempstead, N.Y., on eastbound Interstate 70 for speeding.

The statement reports the officer approached the vehicle and made contact with three occupants. While speaking with Carrillo, the officer noted suspicious behavior from Carrillo and a front seat passenger.

Carrillo allegedly told the officer they were en route to New York from Kansas, where they were attending a wedding.

According to the probable cause statement, the officer asked Carrillo about his use of marijuana, to which Carrillo stated he had used marijuana two days prior, but stated he did not currently possess any marijuana.

After allegedly noticing strange behavior of Carrillo, the officer asked to search his vehicle, to which he complied.

Upon an investigation of the vehicle, the report states approximately 7.48 ounces of marijuana were found, an additional quantity of Tetrahydrocannabinol infused edibles, trasdermal patches, hashish products within vacuum sealed containers and packages in the rear cargo area of the vehicle, a 2.3 ounce edible chocolate bar, and four marijuana cigarettes within a container on the floor.

Within the glove box, the officer also located five packages of cigar blunts, one of which contained a partially smoked marijuana cigar blunt. Within the center console, the officer located a container of Tetrahydrocannabinol infused oil.

According to the statement, the officer seized the contraband, which had a field weight of approximately 1.64 pounds, and placed Carrillo under arrest. Carrillo was transported to the Saline County Sheriff’s Department. The passengers were not arrested at the scene.

Unofficial online court documents state Carrillo is facing four class D felonies for possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid, and two class D misdemeanors for possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond has been set at $10,000 cash or surety with conditions.

Editor’s note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.