Police: Man had crack in his car

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By David Giuliani

A man who was arrested in June on a drug trafficking charge has found himself in hot water less than a month later, police said.

According to a criminal complaint, a Las Vegas police officer stopped Walter Padilla, 52, 410 Perez St., Saturday afternoon. Padilla was in a car parked near the north entrance of the Inn of Las Vegas; an open bottle of beer in the car was in plain view, police said.

The officer knew Padilla because he was the one who arrested the suspect last month on a drug trafficking charge, so the officer asked Padilla to step out to determine if the suspect was violating his conditions of release, the complaint states.

When Padilla got out of the car, he allegedly held a black handgun in his right hand. After he realized that the officer had noticed the weapon, Padilla threw it on the driver’s side seat, police said.

The officer saw a crack cocaine smoking device on the driver’s seat, the complaint states.

Police said a criminal history search revealed that he was a convicted felon, so he wasn’t supposed to have a gun in his possession.

Magistrate Judge Phillip Romero set Padilla’s bond at $100,000 cash-only.

Padilla was charged with two counts of possession of crack cocaine, being a felon in possession of a gun and possession of drug paraphernalia.