Sheriff's Office Arrests Suspect Wanted on Several Misdemeanor and Felony Warrants
On February 25, 2019, at approximately 12:00 pm, deputies were conducting marijuana enforcement efforts in eastern El Paso County, when they initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle speeding eastbound Highway 94 at Yoder Rd. The driver provided a fake Florida Driver’s license. He was asked to exit the vehicle and was pat searched. During the pat search, the deputy felt the grip of a handgun. The driver attempted to flee, but deputies were able to detain and place him in handcuffs. Once in handcuffs, he was searched again and discovered to be carrying a fully loaded weapon.
Deputies were able to positively identify the driver, using a fingerprint reader, as Yanko Lopez-Merino, DOB: 040177. Lopez-Merino was found to have two felony full extradition warrants out of Florida for being a fugitive and Failure to Appear out of Douglas County on several misdemeanor charges.
Lopez-Merino was taken into custody and booked into the Criminal Justice Center Jail on the outstanding warrants as well as additional charges to include Possession of Weapon by a Previous Offender, Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Resisting Arrest.
A mugshot of Lopez-Merino is attached to this Media Release.