July 11, 2018 at 4:50 PM CDT - Updated July 11 at 4:50 PM
By: Alexa Williams NewsWest 9
ODESSA- Odessa Police tell NewsWest 9 that drugs in the Basin are a growing problem.
"Methamphetamine is a huge concern here in Odessa and we have seen a huge increase of meth especially here recently," Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department, said.
That's exactly what Kimberly Gutierrez, Yolanda Borrego and Dustin Miller were put in cuffs for just last week. It all started on Friday afternoon around noon when the three suspects pulled out Motel One. That's when an Odessa Police Officer pulled them over for an expired registration sticker. But that traffic stop soon turned into a huge drug bust.
"Officers searched the vehicle and found a little over 28 grams of meth," LeSueur said.
Odessa Police say they also discovered six cell phones, several glass pipes, digital scales, a hand gun and over $900.
"The three individuals were all arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intention to distribute, which is a first degree felony," LeSueur said.
Gutierrez was also charged with possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, which is a 3rd degree felony. Borrego got another charge for unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Odessa Police said they believe there's been an increase in meth on our streets for one reason.
"It's very attractive for dealers here because they can make more due to the current state of the economy that we're in right now," LeSueur said.
Police say they're working hard to fix the problem but they're asking for your help.
"If anybody suspects any suspicious activity, whether it's narcotics activity or anything related to that, we encourage them to go to our website to odessapd.com to submit a crime tip," LeSueur said.