Man charged with trafficking cocaine in Calera

By JESSA PEASE / Staff Writer

CALERA— Alabama State Troopers arrested 27-year-old Jose Rene Figueroa after allegedly finding 460 grams of cocaine during a routine traffic stop.

Figueroa

Figueroa

A state trooper allegedly stopped Figueroa’s vehicle as it was travelling southbound on Interstate 65 near the 233-mile marker in Calera, according to an Aug. 20 email from trooper Gary Daniel.

Daniel said the suspect attempted to flee on foot during the stop. After a search, he was located and arrested. Figueroa’s arrest warrant also states that the suspect attempted to cause harm to his arresting officer by “striking him with both fists.”

During a search of the driver, about one pound of cocaine was discovered. Figueroa was transported to the Shelby County Jail without incident. Figueroa is being held on bonds totaling $251,500.

He was charged with trafficking cocaine, third-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Trafficking cocaine is a Class A felony, third-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor and resisting arrest is a Class B misdemeanor. According to Alabama state law, the suspect could serve up to live in prison if charged.