Officers find drugs and wanted Wyoming man during traffic stop

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - Officers find a drugs and a wanted man out of Wyoming during stop of a swerving vehicle.

According to court records, a car was seen driving erratically on West 27th street Thursday when an officer executed a traffic stop. Officers found two people in the car and asked for names and licenses. The driver was identified as Melissa Reed and the passenger told the officer his name was David Reed.

A few minutes later, the officer asked for the passenger’s last name at which point the passenger gave a different last name than previously stated. The officer also noticed he was making various movements. The passenger later told police he had knives on him.

When he was asked to step out of the car an officer realized this was not a David Reed but was in fact Longino Rangel who had a warrant out for his arrest on shoplifting charge in Wyoming. Officers placed handcuffs on Rangel who began to resist but eventually was placed in the back of a cop car.

Back to Melissa Reed who continued to tell officers where they were heading instead of answering their question of whether or not they could search the car.

A K-9 unit from Gering later came up to sniff the exterior to which point Reed gave permission to search the vehicle where a scale as well as separate baggies containing a total of 4.1 grams of methamphetamine.
The two were transported to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center where officers found an additional 4.2 grams on her.

Reed was charged with possession and intent to deliver while Rangel was charged on his warrant of shoplifting, providing false information and possessing methamphetamine.