Hobbs Police Department officers arrested Robert Delgado, 39, of Hobbs, on Dec. 4 after he was pulled over and found to be in possession of a gun, 142 blue round pills believed to be fentanyl pills and $728.
According to the report, Delgado was stopped by officers for a parking violation and an invalid registration plate.
When officers approached Delgado, he allegedly told them he was aware the vehicle’s registration plate did not match the vehicle “due to him taking it off from his mother’s vehicle and placing it on the vehicle. ” He also told officers he knew he had a revoked driver’s license.
A records check confirmed Delgado’s license had been revoked. Officers further learned of an active warrant out of Colorado for possession of a controlled substance and being a convicted felon.
Delgado was placed under arrest and before officers conducted a pat-down of Delgado, he told them he had pills in his pockets.
When officers searched Delgado, they allegedly found a bag containing 140 blue round pills with an “M” imprinted on one end and “30” on the other “inside a wad of cash totaling $728.”
When officers conducted an inventory of the suspect’s vehicle, they allegedly found a foil paper with a “black burnt substance and a dark colored rifle that appeared to be loaded with a magazine.”
Officers obtained a warrant and searched the vehicle, where they reportedly found a 9mm machine pistol with a live round in the chamber and 39 live rounds in the double taped magazines; three pieces of foil with pills inside of them; and one blue round pill inside of a magazine.
Delgado was arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance, a first-degree felony; possession of a firearm by a felon and fugitive from justice, both fourth-degree felonies; proof of insurance required, driving while license is revoked, use of plates on another vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.
Delgado is scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination on Dec. 15 before Hobbs Magistrate Willie Henry. Delgado was released on Dec. 7 on a cash or surety bond of $10,000.
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