Police: Loaded handgun, drugs found during Sugar Notch traffic stop

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
Cordova-Munoz -

SUGAR NOTCH — A man from Hazleton was arrested after police say they found a loaded handgun and a cache of drugs and contraband during a traffic stop Thursday night.

Police said they discovered the handgun, marijuana, methamphetamine, acid, a grinder, a digital scale, lighters and empty bags in a vehicle driven by Antonio Cordova-Munoz just before 9:30 p.m.

According to a criminal complaint:

An officer spotted Cordova-Munoz operating a 2005 Subaru in the wrong lane of travel on New Commerce Boulevard. The officer followed Cordova-Munoz, who committed several traffic violations and continued to drive the wrong way facing oncoming traffic as he turned onto Hanover Street and Main Street where he was stopped.

Cordova-Munoz smelled of alcohol and displayed signs of intoxication, including shaking, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

The suspect claimed he left work and was on his way to a friend’s house. When the officer asked why his eyes were glossy, Cordova-Munoz contradicted himself, saying he just woke up. He also claimed he smoked meth prior to driving.

Police spotted a bag of suspected methamphetamine when Cordova-Munoz exited his vehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .22-caliber handgun with an altered serial number, seven Percocet tablets and other illegal drugs and contraband.

More than $1,500 cash was also in the car.

Cordova-Munoz was arraigned Friday by District Judge Michael Dotzel in Wilkes-Barre Township on 41 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts each of possession of a controlled substance and delivery of drug paraphernalia, one count each of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving under the influence and several traffic violations. He was jailed without bail due to a previous firearm-related arrest.

Court records say Munoz is scheduled for trial in Luzerne County next month on charges he illegally possessed firearms discovered during a traffic stop in Wilkes-Barre Township on Highland Park Boulevard on April 30, 2017. Munoz was free from jail after posting $35,000 bail on May 3, 2017, records show.


By Ed Lewis

[email protected]