Jimmy Mancuso, 25, was arrested shortly after midnight on November 20, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of bond conditions, resisting arrest, and obstructing police, as well as outstanding warrants.
Leading up to the arrest, an officer with the Grand Junction Police Department observed a vehicle turn from North Avenue onto 29 Road, failing to signal the turn. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the car. The driver of the car provided identification to the officer. The passenger declined to identify himself. The officer prepared to issue a traffic summons to the driver for failure to signal, and release him. That would be the end of the story.
Two subjects arrived at the scene on foot, stating that the passenger (the one that had declined to identify himself) sent one of them a text, requesting that they come pick him up. The subjects identified the passenger as Jimmy Mancuso. The officer was able to positively identify Mancuso by locating a picture of him in local police records. The officer was also able to confirm that Mancuso had two active felony warrants for his arrest.
At this time, officers approached the passenger door of the vehicle, to inform Mr. Mancuso of their findings. Not receptive to the news, Mancuso jumped from the passenger seat to the driver’s side of the car, and attempted to drive from the scene. Officers were able to prevent Mancuso from starting the car, and instructed him to exit the vehicle, as he was under arrest. Again, Mancuso refused. Officers removed him from the vehicle, and Mancuso continued to resist arrest by attempting to run and being physically non-compliant to the instruction given by the officers.
Once officers were able to place handcuffs on Mancuso, they located several hypodermic needles sticking out of his jacket pocket. A K9 unit had arrived on scene by this time, and Joker, our police K9, alerted to the presence of illegal drugs in the vehicle. A backpack, which was located in the front passenger area where Mancuso was sitting, was searched, and revealed more needles and several other items associated with drug use, including a substance which tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.
Officers noted that Mancuso was on bond for previous drug charges. A condition of his bond was that he not consume or possess controlled substances. Mancuso was transported to the Mesa County Jail.