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Tinted windows lead to drug bust in Pinal County

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Money and drugs were found throughout the car, a deputy said. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Money and drugs were found throughout the car, a deputy said. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
A 9mm handgun was in the car and Jose Real is a prohibited possessor due to previous felony convictions. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) A 9mm handgun was in the car and Jose Real is a prohibited possessor due to previous felony convictions. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5) -

It might be too late for a convicted felon from Tucson to see the light after he was stopped for having an illegal tint on the windows of his car and then busted on numerous drug and weapon charges.

A Pinal County sheriff's K-9 deputy stopped a Saturn Ion about 4:50 p.m. April 14 on Interstate 10 outside the Casa Grande city limits for having window tinting that was darker than legally allowed, the deputy said.

The deputy said Jose Real, 47, was behind the wheel with a rolled up $1 bill on his lap and a white, powdery substance on his black shirt and baseball cap.

A subsequent search of the Ion turned up a digital scale, 1.1 ounces of cocaine, a half-ounce of methamphetamine, 17 grams of marijuana, five marijuana pipes, one meth pipe, a 9mm handgun, a second scale and $2,011 hidden throughout the vehicle.

Drugs were found in a bag inside the vehicle but Real denied they were his. However, his vehicle registration and insurance cards were also found in the bag, the deputy said.

Real was booked into the Pinal County Jail for possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of marijuana for sale and misconduct involved a weapon. Charges of driving while impaired by a drug and driving with an illegal drug in his system are pending the results of a blood test.

Real is a prohibited possessor of a firearm due to the fact he has numerous prior arrests and felony convictions for narcotic sales, theft, possession of stolen property and misconduct involving a weapon.

"When an individual uses a drug, the first thing to go is judgment," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

"In this case, not only did Jose use bad judgment when he decided to get behind the wheel after using cocaine but also when he left the dollar bill he used to snort the cocaine on his lap and forgot to wipe the cocaine he spilled off of his shirt," Babeu said.

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