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Man faces federal, state drug charges after Lee traffic stop

Stephen Igo • Apr 18, 2018 at 11:46 AM

JONESVILLE — A traffic stop near Jonesville earlier this month has resulted in federal and state drug-related charges against a Florida man.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday reported the traffic stop by Deputy Denver Scholl occurred April 6. Scholl determined the driver, Sergio Barrios Ambriz, had active warrants out of Florida. After speaking with Ambriz, deputies reportedly located approximately three pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of nearly $87,000 and a loaded firearm in the vehicle.

Ambriz was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to distribute.

Scholl was assisted at the scene by LCSO Sgt. Chris Dillman and Jonesville Police Office Aaran Payne.

On Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia also issued a press release detailing federal charges against Ambriz, 32, of Ft. Meade. He faces federal charges of one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession with the intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine.

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