CLINTON — A Bryant man has pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge.
Nathaniel J. Campos, 31, appeared last week in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, namely methamphetamine, a Class C felony. The plea is an open plea and the court is not bound by the State’s recommendation.
The State will recommend incarceration with the Department of Corrections for an indeterminate term not to exceed 10 years and the minimum fine, surcharges, costs and attorney fees. Campos will be responsible for restitution resulting from all counts alleged in the trial information. A charge of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, first offense, will be dismissed at sentencing with costs assessed to Campos. Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 2.
According to the affidavit, at 1:05 a.m. Aug. 9, an officer received a phone call from an off-duty police officer who indicated there were two suspicious vehicles in a parking lot in the 2000 block of North Second Street. The officer approached one of the vehicles, a beige Ford station wagon, and identified himself as a police officer through the driver’s window that was rolled down. The vehicle started to drive away.
The officer instructed the vehicle’s driver to stop but the vehicle evaded the officer and drove onto Second Street. Officers pursued the vehicle until it stopped in a residential driveway in the 2000 block of North Eighth Street. Campos, the driver, was ordered to the ground and secured. Campos indicated he just purchased a pistol that was under the driver’s seat. Campos was placed into the rear of the officer’s patrol car where he was read his Miranda Warning. Campos indicated he understood his rights. He stated the vehicle belonged to his friend, which was never verified.
The affidavit continues that as the officer approached the vehicle he observed a sunglasses case in the driver’s door that contained a glass pipe and a capped syringe. Neither Campos nor the passenger had a valid driver’s license and the vehicle was parked on a private driveway blocking other vehicles. An officer made contact with the property owner, who requested the vehicle be towed. An inventory was completed and the vehicle was towed.
The affidavit states that while on the way to the jail, Campos repeatedly indicated that officers missed the drugs. Campos then indicated he had approximately a half an ounce of dope at the passenger’s residence. Campos indicated he had the drug broke down into eight balls in a case.
Officers, after booking Campos at the Clinton County Jail, went to the residence of the passenger in the vehicle. The passenger brought an officer inside the residence and showed the officer a silver case, which she indicated belonged to Campos. The officer located 12.8 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, which was packaged into separate bags, 8.6 grams of marijuana, 19 small empty bags and three syringes.