Traffic stop for defective brake light turns into a felony charge
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Last Wednesday after a late night traffic stop, Richmond police arrested a Rosenberg man out of his 2003 Mercedes Benz. According to Richmond police spokesman, Master Sergeant Lowell Neinast said, on that Wednesday night about 11:30 p.m., Patrol Sergeant Steven Rychlik stopped the Mercedes for a defective brake lamp in the 100 block of Fort Street in Richmond, just a couple of blocks from the County Jail, within footsteps of several bail bonding businesses.
According to police, during that traffic stop the sergeant developed the probable cause necessary to search the vehicle. During said search the driver of the Mercedes, Robert Edson, 31, of Rosenberg was found to be in possession of contraband. Neinast said, “During the traffic stop, Rychlik discovered a large bag of marijuana, a large bag of pills hidden inside the vehicle, as well as being in possession of a large amount of cash.”
Edson was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana in Drug Free Zone, which was filed as a Third Degree Felony because of the amount; he was also charged with Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Xanax) in a Drug Free Zone, a first degree felony. Edson was taken to jail and his car was seized explained Neinast, “Because of the amount of drugs and cash located during the stop.”
Reportedly there was over a half pound of marijuana and about the same in Xanax. According to the Sheriff’s records, at press time, Edson remained in the Fort Bend County Jail on a parole violation warrant.
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