SAPD K-9 finds meth during a traffic stop

The San Angelo Police Department conducted a traffic stop at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday on a blue Dodge Caravan at Ben Ficklin Road and East Avenue N.

The driver exited the vehicle but was quickly detained, officers attempted to make a positive identification on the driver. However, the driver did not have any identification. Officers then conducted a records check using the name and date of birth the driver provided. It was learned his driver’s license was not valid and he was placed under arrest.

Police Service K-9 Vader responded to the scene and conducted an open-air “sniff” around the vehicle. Vader alerted officers to the presence of narcotics which led officers in the discovery of a small quantity of suspected narcotics inside the vehicle. The substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

A Street Crimes Detective responded to the scene and recognized the driver as 36-year-old Agapito L. Chappa III, which was not the same name the man initially provided to the officers. Through a records check, it was determined Chappa had an outstanding arrest warrant for parole violation as well as an invalid driver’s license.

Chappa was charged with the outstanding warrant, driving while license invalid, fail to identify fugitive from justice and third degree felony possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1.

Chappa was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.