NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A state trooper in Nacogdoches County arrested two Maryland residents during a traffic stop after he reported a drug-sniffing dog helped discover cocaine in the trunk of their vehicle.
According to the DPS report, the trooper pulled the duo over at 4:45 p.m. on U.S. 259 after the driver, Melvin James Perry, 27, of Baltimore, passed a school bus that was unloading children.
The trooper reported Perry and his passenger, Ashley Nicole Perc, 23, of Baltimore, gave criminal indicators consistent with drug trafficking.
The trooper asked to search the vehicle but reported they refused to allow him to, then Perry tried to flee the scene. The trooper apprehended Perry and called in a dog to search the vehicle.
The dog led the trooper to the trunk, where the trooper reported finding 9,500 grams of cocaine.
Perc and Perry are charged with possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony. Perry is also charged with evading arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.