A Waco man was arrested late Sunday night after McLennan County Sheriff's Office deputies found a stolen firearm, almost 8.6 ounces of methamphetamine, almost 3.6 ounces of marijuana and more than 3.8 ounces of synthetic marijuana during a traffic stop near Interstate 35, an arrest affidavit states.

Xavier Angelo Hernandez, 21, was stopped after a patrolling deputy noticed a vehicle behind him on southbound I-35, near Meyers Lane, did not have a front license plate, according to the affidavit. The deputy notified another deputy, who stopped Hernandez, the affidavit states.

When the deputy approached the driver's side door, Hernandez appeared to be nervous and continued to look away from the officer, the affidavit states. The deputy noticed a rifle case in the back of the car and asked Hernandez if there was a weapon in the case.

"Xavier stated no and I then asked Xavier if I could search the case to ensure there wasn't a rifle in there for my safety," the affidavit states. "Xavier stated no, because I have no probable cause to search."

The officer requested a unit with a drug dog reposed to the location because of how nervous Hernandez appeared, the affidavit states. The dog indicated the presence of drugs in the car, according to the affidavit.

"During the search of the vehicle, a black and gray backpack was found in the back seat," the affidavit states. "Inside the backpack contained two large bags and one small bag of a crystal substance."

The deputies also found "sandwich baggies" that matched the bags the suspected methamphetamine was found in, the affidavit states. Two digital scales and baggies of both marijuana and synthetic marijuana were found in the car, according to the affidavit.

"A .40-caliber handgun was also found inside the vehicle and when the serial number was checked through dispatch, it showed to be stolen," the affidavit states. "Xavier was placed into custody. Xavier also had a large roll of U.S. currency in his pants pocket."

Deputies weighed the suspected drugs and determined 242.6 grams of methamphetamine, 3.57 ounces of marijuana and 3.83 ounces of synthetic marijuana was confiscated, the affidavit states.

Deputies arrested Hernandez on charges including first-degree felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, state-jail felony theft of a firearm, Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He remained in McLennan County Jail on Tuesday with bond listed at $19,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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