NORRISTOWN — A Norristown man is on his way to jail after a traffic stop in Pottstown revealed he possessed cocaine.
Victor Velez-Ramos, 39, of the 1000 block of West Main Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 11½-to-23-months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and driving under suspension in connection with a June 2019 incident in Pottstown.
Judge Wendy G. Rothstein, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, also ordered Velez-Ramos to complete five years’ probation following parole, meaning Velez-Ramos will be under court supervision for about seven years.
Velez-Ramos is eligible for the jail’s work release program during his period of incarceration, the judge said.
The investigation of Velez-Ramos began about 1:32 a.m. June 17 when a Pottstown police officer observed a Dodge pickup truck traveling west on East High Street turn onto South Washington Street while ignoring a red traffic signal, according to the criminal complaint. After conducting a traffic stop, police approached the vehicle and Velez-Ramos informed the officer he did not have a license, according to the arrest affidavit.
A records check determined Velez-Ramos’s license had been suspended.
Police said Velez-Ramos consented to a search of the vehicle and during that search police found a body spray aerosol can underneath the front driver’s seat, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Pottstown Police Officer Chad Hart. Police determined the aerosol can did not function and when they unscrewed the top they uncovered “numerous bags of suspected narcotics” concealed inside, according to the criminal complaint.
A total of 36 glassine bags were recovered from the can and they contained a white colored powder substance, police alleged. The substance, police said, appeared to be cocaine and it was sent for testing at a police laboratory. Police alleged the substance was packaged in a manner which was consistent with how cocaine is bagged for street sales.
Velez-Ramos also possessed $904 cash, police said.
“There were no factors that would lead an experienced officer to think it was not controlled substances,” Hart alleged in the arrest affidavit.
Other charges of possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia were dismissed against Velez-Ramos as part of the plea agreement.