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Texas Man Arrested On Felony Drug, Weapons Charges In Westchester

Texas native Jose Ramirez, 35 was arrested while driving on the Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle Thursday.
Texas native Jose Ramirez, 35 was arrested while driving on the Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle Thursday. Photo Credit: Westchester County Police

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - A man from Texas with a warrant in New Jersey was arrested in New Rochelle on Friday when he was found with a stolen handgun and drugs in his car following a routine traffic stop, according to Kieran O'Leary, public information officer for Westchester County Police.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Westchester Count Police officers stopped Jose Ramirez, 35, on the Hutchinson River Parkway near Webster Avenue for a traffic violation, O'Leary said. Upon approaching the vehicle, they found that the driver did not have a valid license and was not listed on the rental agreement for the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, which smelled of marijuana, O'Leary said.

Ramirez was taken into custody, and a search of the rental car by police K-9 units discovered a loaded handgun inside a duffle bag and 13 ounces of marijuana inside a plastic container hidden near a wheel well in the trunk.

Upon further investigation, police discovered that the gun was stolen in Texas, and Ramirez - who has a lengthy criminal record, according to Westchester County Police - had a warrant out for his arrest in Atlantic County, N.J for burglary.

The Bowie, Texas native was charged with felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of marijuana. He was also charged with criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.

Ramirez was arraigned in New Rochelle City Court and remanded without bail to the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.

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