NYSSA — Police are recommending drug charges for a Nyssa man with previous arrests taken into custody Friday.

At about 5:10 p.m., Nyssa Police officers contacted Jerry Gomez, 31, as he was walking on South Second Street near Good Avenue toward his residence on Ennis Avenue in Nyssa. Officers had had contact with Gomez before, according to a news release from the department, and they knew a no-bail misdemeanor warrant had been issued for his arrest for failing to appear in Circuit Court May 15 on charges of drunken driving and driving with a suspended license.

When the officers spoke to him, Gomez “was extremely nervous and wanted to release the contents of his pockets to his sister who came to the scene after hearing the radio traffic on a scanner,” according to the release.

After confirming the warrant, officers arrested Gomez and searched him. The search uncovered “several small bindles of a white crystal-like substance in his front pocket along with a $100 bill,” the release states.

A field test indicates the substance was more than 12 grams of methamphetamine, according to the release.

Officers seized the drugs and money. As they were transporting Gomez to Malheur County Jail, the transporting officer said Gomez told him “he should have just [run] because of the drugs in his pocket and that he had already been in prison in Idaho for the same thing,” according to the release.

Gomez was lodged on the no-bail warrant. Nyssa Police recommended charges of possession of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance to the Malheur County District Attorney’s Office.

Total bail on the recommended charges is listed at $30,000.

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