Rafael Pineda, 28, was traveling northbound on I-85 when a Gwinnett County Police officer noticed Pineda's 1998 BMW had window tint which appeared to be darker than what is allowed by law. The officer conducted a traffic stop and, upon looking in the passenger side window of Pineda's vehicle, noticed freshly opened air fresheners, air fresheners still in their packaging and two cell phones.
During the course of speaking with the officer, Pineda reportedly said he had come from Alabama where he had worked on a roof.
In the report, the officer noted Pineda did not fit the description of "your normal roofer."
After determining Pineda did not have a valid driver's license, the officer placed him under arrest for driving without a license.
Pineda advised he did not have anyone who could retrieve his vehicle, so the officer requested a wrecker for impound. During the impound inventory of the vehicle, the officer discovered a paper bag in the rear seat behind the driver's seat. Inside the bag, the officer found another bag containing a crystal-like substance which later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
The officer read Pineda his Miranda rights and questioned him about the methamphetamine. Pineda allegedly admitted it was "ice" and that he had paid $20,000 for the 1.14 pounds of drugs. Pineda reportedly explained he needed the money for his family and sold the methamphetamine to provide for them. Upon further questioning, Pineda declined to provide additional information indicating "they" would kill him.
Pineda was booked into the jail on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine and driving without a license. He was also detained on an immigration hold. As of April 23, he remained in the Gwinnett County Jail.
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