On Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 6:47 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck in the WalMart parking lot located at West Hunt Highway and North Gary Road, San Tan Valley.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “The driver of the vehicle was identified as Andres Ramon Fraire (age 28 of Mesa.). As soon as the deputy approached the vehicle, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. The deputy could see that the drivers eyes were watery and bloodshot. He asked him if he had been smoking marijuana and he said that there were a ‘couple of roaches in the ashtray.'”
A Traffic Deputy working the DUI Task Force responded to the scene and after completing field sobriety tests on the driver, placed him under arrest for DUI.
Sheriff Babeu continued, “Inside of the vehicle, the deputy found a prescription pill bottle with marijuana inside of it and a XD 45 caliber ACP handgun. The deputy ran the serial number on the handgun and learned it had been reported stolen out of the City of Gilbert. The driver was also found to be in possession of $4,000 in cash.”
Sheriff Babeu continued, “Deputies took this violent felon off the streets tonight through good police work. Fraire has prior felony convictions for Aggravated Assault, Burglary, and Misconduct Involving Weapons. Fraire has been charged but not convicted at this time of First Degree Murder resulting from a gang related drive by shooting. Fraire is a documented gang members and is currently on probation.”
Fraire was booked into the Pinal County Sheriff’s Jail for Misconduct Involving Weapons, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Additional charges of Driving while Impaired by a Drug and Driving with an Illegal Drug in System are pending the outcome of a blood test.