APD: 4 arrested on drug, various charges

Four people have been arrested after Amarillo Police Department recovered drug paraphernalia, stolen person identification, weapons and other stolen property.

Sunday morning at 1:15 a.m. APD stopped 32-year-old Maxine Elizabeth Cates while she was walking in the middle of the road at 5th and south Houston. Cates was wanted on a Potter County warrant for probation violation on an original charge of forgery of a financial instrument and municipal court theft warrant.

When police stopped Cates, she was carrying three cell phones, two cell phone memory cards and a flashlight. Officers obtained a warrant to search her residence and accompanied her to the address.

According to police, officers found several other people in the residence in the 400 block of south Cleveland. Officers smelled a burned marijuana order and could see drug paraphernalia along with numerous electronics on the floor. Officers also found a .25 caliber handgun and a .40 caliber handgun that were reported stolen in earlier crimes. 30 forms of personal identification that did not belong to the people inside the residence were also found. 10 grams of meth, a small amount of marijuana and several narcotics items were seized by police.

APD said Cates and three other were arrested in the investigation. 19-year-old Joseph Noel Cortez was arrested on a Potter County warrant for unlawfully carrying a weapon. 34-year-old Chrisopher Brian Spencer was arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance over one gram, possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, and a warrant charging possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. And 37-year-old Daniella Denise Spencer was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and six warrants related to failure to comply with school attendance laws.

APD said five other people present in the home were released pending investigation.