An Alabama man remains behind bars after reportedly being found in possession of $20,000 worth of methamphetamine during an April 15 traffic stop on I-85 near Hamilton Mill Road in Buford.
"His hands appeared undamaged and smooth, his clothes appeared to be designer style and he had two earrings in his ears," the officer wrote in the report. "I also noticed the vehicle had no tools, which is very uncommon for your average 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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