Teen arrested after SE Austin traffic stop turns up drugs, handgun

Fernando Tula is charged with deliver of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

A teen is facing multiple charges after officers found drugs and a handgun in his car during a traffic stop in Southeast Austin last week.

According to court documents, 17-year-old Fernando Tula is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

It happened Thursday, November 9, near the intersection of East Riverside and Montopolis drives.

The arrest affidavit says Tula was pulled over after he failed to signal a lane change. One of the responding officers recognized Tula and knew he had a warrant for his arrest for possession of marijuana.

The officer could also smell marijuana coming from the vehicle, court documents say. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted, and officers found promethazine in a plastic container in the center console, and a Taurus .45 handgun with the serial number destroyed and zip-lock baggies containing K2 inside a backpack.

The affidavit say officers also found over 7 grams total of cocaine and crack inside a Crown Royal bag tied to the strings of Tulo's sweatpants and inside a cigarillo package.

Tulo is in custody at the Travis County Jail under a $38,500 bond.

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