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      Felon with handgun caught with heroin during traffic stop

      A felon is back behind bars after he had heroin and a gun in his car.

      Juan Jose Medrano was pulled over in his Camry by the Cameron County Sheriff's Department on Thursday for a traffic violation.

      Medrano consented to a vehicular search and that's when deputies found a Berreta handgun and a bundle of brown pasty substance.

      The substance was tested, and the results came back positive for heroin.

      Heroin is a Schedule I controlled substance in the U.S.

      He was found in possession of the 49 grams of heroin and he was arrested.

      According to court documents, he told Homeland Security Special Agents that the drugs and weapon were his.

      It is illegal for a convicted felon to be in possession of a firearm.

      A detention hearing is set for Tuesday, December 24 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Ronald Morgan.

      He is currently in custody of the U.S. Marshals, and is behind held without bond.