A traffic stop for a tint violation led to 10 charges against a wanted Clinton man in connection with cases in Sampson and Duplin counties.
According to reports provided Tuesday, Clinton Police Sgt. Matt Bland stopped a Mercedes passenger vehicle on Vance Street for a tint violation on Saturday night and saw that the front passenger was Mario Alberto Cardenas, 21, of 304 Weeks St., Clinton.
Cardenas had multiple warrants for his arrest and an order for his arrest, Bland stated in reports.
Cardenas was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a counterfeit controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine, no operator’s license, no insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served an order for his arrest on a charge of maintaining place/dwelling for controlled substance. All of those charges were reportedly in connection with Sampson cases.
Additionally, he was served out-of-county warrants with reckless driving to endanger, unsealed wine/liquor in passenger area, resisting police officer, failing to stop for stop sign/flashing red light, which were reportedly charges leveled from Duplin County authorities.
Cardenas was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond for the charges. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
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