Written by John Plestina
Pictured are Adam Alonzo (left) and Hilario Velasquez
A jury convicted Hilario Velasquez, 34, of Williston, N.D., and Riverside, Calif., of two drug charges in 15th District Court, Friday, Aug. 1.
Velasquez was found guilty of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute [methamphetamine], a felony, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
A pre-sentence investigation and report is expected to take two to three months. Sentencing will follow.
Velasquez was arrested with Adam Alonzo, 31, of Williston, N.D., and San Bernardino, Calif.
Alonzo is charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute [methamphetamine]. He was also charged with several motor vehicle violations, including driving after his license was suspended or revoked in California.
A jury trial is scheduled for Oct. 16, but District Court sources said a plea agreement is a possibility.
Alonzo and Velasquez have been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since Sept. 25, 2013.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office reported that shortly after midnight, Sept. 25, 2013, a deputy observed a black Saturn Ion traveling as much as 15 mph under the posted speed limit and weaving on U.S. Hwy. 2 eastbound, between Bainville and Cul-
bertson. The car crossed the center line three times and then stopped. The driver, later identified as Alonzo, was unable to provide a driver’s license or any identification, vehicle registration or insurance card, and told a deputy his name was Adam Lucatero. Lucatero is reported to be his middle name.
The deputy stated in a written report that there was an odor of marijuana in the car.
The RCSO identified a front seat passenger as Briann Burshia. Velazquez was seated on the back seat. Burshia claimed she met the men in Poplar a short time earlier. She was not arrested.
The deputy reported that both men were uncooperative, resulting in the officer removing his duty weapon from his holster. The deputy also had to threaten Velasquez with pepper spray.
The deputy wrote in his report that Velazquez told him he is on felony probation in California and was not supposed to leave that state.
Alonzo has an extraditable parole warrant out of North Dakota for another drug case.
The car was impounded. Judge David Cybulski granted a search warrant for the car, where authorities found a substantial amount of syringes [several used], other drug paraphernalia, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, digital scale, 10 cell phones and $991 in cash.