On Monday morning, August 22, Marshall Police Department Officer Sam Holliman conducted a traffic stop on a Nissan traveling northbound on Hwy. 65 in the area of Bank OZK. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, when the Marshall officer approached the driver of the vehicle there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from inside the car.
After law enforcement asked for the driver's license, he was given an ID from Mexico that identified the driver as 35 year old Isidro Julio Gonzalez. The car also contained another male and two male juveniles. At that time, the Marshall officer requested the assistance of Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce, who was currently working a state DWI program.
When Gonzales and his passengers were asked to exit the vehicle, law enforcement noticed there were open containers of alcohol. They also saw a plastic bag that contained a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
During a conversation between Gonzalez and Pierce, Gonzalez admitted he had consumed three beers prior to being stopped, so a field sobriety test was administered. Following the sobriety test, and during a Post Miranda interview with the chief deputy, Gonzalez admitted he was in possession of cocaine and was in the United State illegally.
Gonzalez was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where he was charged with possession of meth or cocaine LT 2 GM and citied for having an open container and no driver's license.
After being in custody, law enforcement learned that Gonzalez's name and ID number were a possible match for an individual who has a warrant from the State of Washington Department of Corrections for escaping from one on their facilities.
The investigation into Gonzalez's immigration status has been turned over to the U.S. Naturalization and Immigration Service. Cassell applauds the working relationship between Chief Lang Holland's agency and the Searcy County Sheriff's Office.