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RAWLINS — A California man is charged with nine counts after being caught earlier this month with numerous types of drugs in his car.

Alexzander Nicholas Deleon, 26, of Fresno is charged with:

• Two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance (one for methamphetamine and another for cocaine), which comes with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine, totaling 14 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine;

• Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a felony count that comes with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine;

• Use of a firearm while committing a felony, which is also a felony count that comes with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine;

• Theft of a Ruger pistol, a felony count that comes with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine;

• Interference with a peace officer, a misdemeanor that comes with a maximum penalty of one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine;

• Misdemeanor possession of marijuana, which comes with a maximum penalty of one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine;

• Misdemeanor possession of MDMA, which comes with a maximum penalty of one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine;

• Speeding, a misdemeanor count that comes with a maximum penalty of a $125 fine.

In total, Deleon faces 57 years in prison and/or $78,125 in fines. Deleon pleaded not guilty to all nine counts earlier this week in Carbon County District Court. The court has 180 days to set a trial date.

According to an arrest affidavit:

On July 5, Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper John Vance was working around milepost 211 on Interstate 80. He saw a silver SUV traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed.

The car was traveling 89 MPH in a 75 MPH zone, so Vance stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Deleon. He told the trooper he believed he was going 87 MPH, but that he thought the zone was still 80 MPH.

While speaking with Deleon and passenger Stephanie Gonzalez, Vance noticed the odor of marijuana. When asked for identification, Deleon handed him a California license with the name of “John Pinedo.” Deleon also provided registration for the vehicle and when Vance took it back to his car, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana on the paper.

Vance returned and asked Deleon to step out of the car. He inquired as to how much marijuana was in the vehicle, and Deleon admitted there was some in the glove compartment. He stated all of the marijuana was his and that none of it was Gonzalez’s.

Vance asked Gonzalez to give him the marijuana, to which she responded there was none in the car. He explained that Deleon admitted to there being some in the glove compartment, which she then gave to the trooper. Gonzalez got out of the car and admitted some of the marijuana was also hers.

The two were detained and placed in Vance’s vehicle. After WHP Trooper Tommy Kennedy arrived on the scene, he placed Gonzalez in his car. Once alone in Vance’s car, Deleon told the trooper there was more than marijuana in the SUV.

He explained there were two pistols, some cocaine and a little over a pound of methamphetamine behind the driver’s seat. He also later told Vance his real name. Vance found a vacuum-sealed bag in the car containing a crystallized substance.

Law enforcement called a tow truck to take the vehicle in for searching. Gonzalez also admitted to having a lighter and a glass meth pipe in her bra, and she was allowed to retrieve those items.

In the car, investigators found nearly two pounds of methamphetamine, nearly an ounce of marijuana, nearly an ounce of cocaine, two pistols and MDMA pills. During an interview, Deleon said Gonzalez only knew of the marijuana in the glove box, neither the guns nor the other drugs.

Deleon said he purchased the guns in California from an unknown person, one of which had been stolen out of Washington. Deleon said he knew the gun was stolen. He also said he paid $15,000 for the meth in Rock Springs and purchased the cocaine from the same source.

Ellen Fike is a freelance writer living in Cheyenne. She can be reached at elfylucille@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter at @EllenLFike.

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