Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Speeding infraction leads to drug arrest

Express Staff Writer

Euxebio J. Flores-Uranga

It's probably not a good idea to speed through Hailey with a bag of heroin in the center console of your vehicle.

That's what a 20-year-old Hailey man allegedly did on Saturday.

Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter identified the suspect as Euxebio J. Flores-Uranga, who was charged Monday in Blaine County Magistrate Court with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Blaine County jail later Monday after posting $3,000 bond.

Gunter said Flores-Uranga gave police permission to search his vehicle after he was pulled over shortly before 10 a.m. near the intersection of Main Street and Fourth Avenue for allegedly driving 38 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone. In the center console of the vehicle, a Toyota pickup registered to an unidentified local landscaping company, police allegedly found .4 grams of a brown substance later identified as heroin. They also allegedly found a pipe used for smoking illegal drugs and Flores-Uranga was arrested.

Gunter said Flores-Uranga would have likely been released with a warning on the speeding infraction, but was acting nervously, which aroused police suspicions.

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