According to reports, two people, Orlando Baca, 44, and Lorraine Estrada, 45, of Albuquerque, New Mexico got the not-so-bright idea to do drugs in public, on July 15, 2010. That idea would be bad enough, but they decided to do it at a Sonic Drive-in, loaded with security cameras. It also happens to be within 1000 feet of a school, the South Valley Academy charter school. But the snowball of silliness just keeps rolling.
Baca was outside his car at the time police approached him and happened to have a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. Police then proceeded to his vehicle and asked the occupant, Estrada, to exit the vehicle. In exiting the vehicle, Estrada bumped her pelvis on the tailgate of the truck, which police believed may have been an attempt to conceal contraband. So they patted her down there and detected an odd-shaped package in her underwear, which the police complaints states turned out to be multiple, small, clear bags of marijuana, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine. As a consequence, both suspects were charged with felony drug trafficking of narcotics with 1000 feet of a drug free school zone.
Furthermore, a search of Estrada’s purse reportedly revealed more bags of methamphetamine and an loaded syringe.
In searching the vehicles officers also say they found a spoon with heroin residue, eight suboxone tablets, a digital scale, a glass pipe, and a 9mm Luger pistol with ammunition.
Baca was also found with approximately $2500 in cash on his person.
So how might Baca attempt to explain this all away? Thinking quickly on his feet, Baca supposedly protested to officers that he had just finished cleaning his car a short while ago, and he had not noticed any of this in there. There is no word on whether he was given a field sobriety test as well.
Perhaps needless to say, his attempted explanation did not sound particularly convincing to police, and the the comedy duo of Lorraine and Orlando were arrested, charged with 10 counts of fairly serious criminal activity. Unsurprisingly enough, Baca and Estrada have prior felony convictions as well.
What better scientific evidence does one need about the effect that drug use and abuse has upon one’s mental state than this? Of course, addiction is a serious matter, and not one merely to be laughed away, so one hopes that Baca and Estrada will finally be in a position to get the help they seem to need. However, perhaps this may also serve as a cautionary tale of where one can end up without an understanding of the chemical and pharmacological effects of the substances one may be consuming.