Lufkin trooper reports catching man with coke in Tang can

Deunta Rochelle mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Deunta Rochelle mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin-based trooper arrested a Houston man Monday afternoon after he reported finding a pound of crack cocaine in a can of Tang after an exhaustive search of his vehicle.

Trooper Heath White said he conducted a traffic stop with Deunta Ketrell Rochelle, 20, at 12:30 p.m. on U.S. 59 South, near the intersection of FM 1819. White said Rochelle was in a 1999 Lincoln Towncar and following another vehicle too closely.

White said when he began talking to Rochelle, he began to give a lot of criminal indicators, including nervous behavior and having a criminal history, which he lied about.

White said Rochelle gave consent to search the vehicle. White said he ran across a 12-inch can of Tang but threw it aside and searched the rest of the vehicle.

"I knew he had something so I picked the can up again and saw that it had been cut open," White said. "I stuck a knife in it and hit bottom after just a few inches, so I knew something was wrong."

White said Rochelle had hidden over a pound of crack cocaine and 12 grams of powdered cocaine in the Tang can.

"What they did was pour the Tang out of the can, put the drugs in a smaller container, put that container back in the Tang can and poured the Tang on top of it," White said.

White arrested Rochelle on a first-degree felony of possession of a controlled substance.

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