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Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 12:00 pm

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

A 28-year-old Killeen man is behind bars after police say they found him in possession of several different illegal drugs during a traffic stop.

Otto Owen-Palacios Hernandez was charged with possession of methamphetamine, one gram or more but less than four grams, and possession of marijuana, less than two ounces.

An arrest affidavit states police also found codeine pills and a glass pipe during a search.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Hernandez Friday, setting his bail at $33,000. Hernandez remained in Bell County Jail Friday night.

Police arrested Hernandez following a traffic stop near the intersection of Rancier Avenue and 18th Street. In the arrest affidavit, an officer states he spotted Hernandez driving a vehicle with a headlight out.

Dispatch informed the officer that Hernandez had an active warrant. Police searched him after placing him under arrest, finding codeine pills, suspected marijuana and a glass pipe in his pockets, the arrest affidavit states.

An officer then searched Hernandez's vehicle and located a plastic bag between the driver's seat and the center console. It contained three grams of a substance that field-tested positive as methamphetamine.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com.

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