A license checkpoint led to the arrest of a Statesville man for methamphetamine possession.
Federico Santibanez, 23, of Cara Lane, was charged with the following felonies: possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling or place for controlled substances and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. He was also charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and driving while license is revoked. A magistrate set bond at $75,000.
A second person, Damian Santibanez, 20, also of Cara Lane, was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He was released at the scene.
Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell said patrol deputies were holding a license checkpoint at the intersection of Bethesda Road and Meadows Court Sunday.
At 10:02 a.m., Deputy J. Graves came in contact with Federico Santibanez, who was operating a vehicle that came through the checkpoint. Graves asked Santibanez for a driver’s license and he told the deputy he did not have one, Campbell said.
He was asked to pull the vehicle to the side of the road and a consent search was conducted. A passenger in the vehicle, Damian Santibanez, was asked to exit, and deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana from the passenger side, Campbell said.
The search of the vehicle located nine grams of crystal methamphetamine, 20 grams of marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia and approximately 1,000 plastic baggies, Campbell said.