LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo. — A traffic stop in Odessa last Thursday led to a number of felony charges against a St. Joseph man.
A probable cause statement filed in Lafayette County indicates Odessa Police stopped a vehicle driven by Joseph Eric Romero, 29 for alleged erratic driving. The license plate on the vehicle was also registered to another vehicle, according to investigators.
During the stop, Romero was observed to be lethargic and reportedly had slurred speech.
A child was also observed lying in the back seat of the vehicle unrestrained next to a car seat. Romero told police the girl had been uncomfortable in the car seat so he allowed her to sleep in the back seat without any type of safety device.
A check of Romero’s license returned a suspended status, resulting in the officer placing Romero into custody. A search of the vehicle allegedly found multiple burglary tools including flashlights, wire cutters and gloves.
Drug paraphernalia was also found inside the vehicle, with a test of a white power residue showing a positive result for methamphetamine. A small bag of marijuana seeds was also located, the statement alleges.
Romero is formally charged with felony for possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs.
He also faces misdemeanors for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia as well as driving while suspended.
Romero was transported to the Lafayette County Jail, where he is held on $15,000 bond, with conditions. Future court dates have not been set.