CLEAR LAKE | Two people who illegally parked in a handicap space at a Clear Lake gas station early Sunday morning face drug-related charges, according to law enforcement.
Adriana Leticia Guerra, 19, Albert Lea, was parked in a handicap space without a permit at Kwik Star at 4:43 a.m. Sunday, according to Iowa State Patrol criminal complaint.
When the trooper asked to see Guerra’s permit, she said she didn’t have one and didn’t know she was parked in a handicap space, court documents said.
“When defendant got in her car to retrieve proof of insurance, this Trooper could smell a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle,” the trooper wrote in charging documents, noting he could also smell the odor on Guerra when she sat in his patrol car.
When asked, she turned her pockets inside out, revealing a bag of marijuana, court documents said. Guerra also admitted to possessing a marijuana grinder and two pipes, as well as smoking marijuana on Saturday.
The trooper said a search of the vehicle turned up those items, as well as a marijuana bud and a glass pipe. A passenger in the vehicle, Carter Saul Gonzalez, 18, of Albert Lea, told the trooper the pipe belonged to him and that he had used it to smoke marijuana that evening, court documents said.
Guerra was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, first offense and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Gonzalez was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were released on their own recognizance after promising to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court March 21.