Madero Arraigned in District Court

Charged with Possessing Hydrocodone, DUI

By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN, News Director

Marissa Madero came before District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman on Wednesday, Feb.27, and was arraigned on a host of charges.

Madero is charged with possession of hydrocodone, a class 4 felony, driving under the influence of drugs, a class W misdemeanor, no proof of insurance, a class 2 misdemeanor, and a headlamp defect, an infraction.

According to the Affidavit for Custody, the charges are the result of a traffic stop on Jan.12, at 8:24 p.m. An officer with the Alliance Police Department conducted the stop after observing the front, passenger headlight of a gray Mitsubishi was off as it was eastbound in the 800 block of Third Street.

The officer identified the driver as Marissa Madero, who told the officer she did not have insurance on the vehicle. Dispatch was able to confirm that there was no insurance to cover the vehicle.

The officer noted in the affidavit previous encounters with Madero, noting he had “confiscated illicit drugs out of this vehicle in the past.” The officer observed that

Madero’s pupils were dilated and that she was using rapid speech.

The officer asked Madero to exit the vehicle, and she complied. When asked if she had any pocketknives, she allegedly handed him a pocketknife and a clear plastic bag with two white pills in it.

The pills were marked with the imprint G 036. Madero allegedly told the officer they were Percocet pills, and were later identified as hydrocodone, which is a controlled substance.

According to the Affidavit, she reported to the officer that the pills were “not prescribed to her and belonged to her mother.” She also allegedly told the officer she had recently smoked methamphetamine and cannabis, and that she had taken one of the hydrocodone pills earlier that evening.

Madero, through a field sobriety test, showed signs of impairment. An evaluation of a drug recognition expert determined that Madero was under the influence of cannabis.

For the felony charge, Madero faces up to two years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Madero pleaded not guilty to the charges, and a status hearing was set for April.

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