A 22-year-old Ingram man who was sent to prison last week for stabbing a man is facing a cocaine charge as well.

Jair Jimenez, who began a 180-day prison sentence Friday for stabbing a man in December, was indicted June 3 for possession of less than 1 gram of cocaine.

According to the state, Jimenez was found in a car with a man convicted of dealing drugs last year, and he was within reach of a digital scale with cocaine residue and numerous plastic bags, leading police to suspect his involvement. However, he wasn’t charged with selling drugs.

The amount of cocaine police say was found was small enough that dealing would not have carried a harsher penalty.

About 2 a.m. June 23, the day of the arrest for cocaine possession, a police officer reported a car speeding in the 400 block of Holdsworth Drive. The car’s driver was then-19-year-old Sergio Mendez Jr., who was incarcerated in 2010 and 2012 on convictions for assault and delivering marijuana. Jimenez was in the car.

Mendez and Jimenez were in the same vehicle in December when Jimenez was arrested for the stabbing.

Mendez was accused of hiding evidence, evading arrest, possessing less than 2 ounces of cannabis and possessing less than 1 gram of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to the charges in January and was sentenced to five years probation.

Jimenez’s cocaine charge is punishable by as much as two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine, although people usually receive probation for this offense, especially if it’s their first.

Others indicted this month by the 198th grand jury include:

• Bruno Alfredo Bazan, on the charge of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.

• Daniel James Swope, on four counts of credit card abuse.

• Merissa Kelly Michalec, on two counts of credit card abuse. 

• Justin Dean Eiland, possession of less than 1 gram of methamphetamine.

• Teri Ann Martin, on the charge of possession of less than 1 gram of meth.

• Edgar Efren Arana, on the charge of felony DWI.

• Mark Brian Powell, on the charge of possession of less than 1 gram of meth in a drug-free zone.

• Carol Parks Williams, on the charge of felony DWI.

• Lance Edward Cole, on four counts of bail jumping and failure to appear in court. 

• David Lee Sullivan, on two counts of possession of less than 1 gram of meth in a drug-free zone. 

• Anthony Gauna Cantu, on the charge of delivery of meth in a drug-free zone.

• Diana Kay Ellis, on the charge of burglary of a building.

• Talaya Shea Parrish, on the charge of possession of less than 1 gram of meth in a drug-free zone.

• Joshua Alan Grier, on the charge of failure to comply with sex offender conditions.

• Horacio Romulo Ovalle, on the charge of theft of property valued less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions.

• Howard Glove, on the charge of theft of property valued $1,500 to $20,000.

• Raul Gonzalez Romero, on two counts of theft of property valued $1,500 to $20,000.

• Raul Gilbert Resendez, on the charge of bail jumping and failure to appear.

• Joseph Glenn Paine, on the charge of burglary of a building.

• Christopher Felix Frausto, on the charge of manufacturing or delivering 4 to 400 grams of amphetamine.

• Kekoa Lane Murayama, on the charge of possession of 1 gram of meth in a drug-free zone.

• Kendra May Talamantes on the charge of manufacturing or delivering less than 28 grams of lorazepam.

• Richard Allen Ottmers, on the charge of possession of less than 1 gram of meth in a drug-free zone. 

• Mark Thorton Luther, on the charge of felony DWI.

• Heather Michelle Maldonado, on four counts of debit card abuse.

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