NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police officers made two felony drug arrests and seized 61 pounds of marijuana, two semiautomatic rifles, a shotgun, and $5,335 in cash following a traffic stop on South West Stallings Drive early Thursday morning.
Marcus Rigney, 31, and Ashley Braden, 29, both of Louisville, Kentucky are still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. Both suspects were charged with first-degree felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams and second-degree felony possession of marijuana between 50 and 2,000 pounds. Rigney was also charged with Class A misdemeanor violation of a protective order.
No bail amount has been set on either person's charges yet, according to the Nacogdoches County Jail Web site.
According to a press release, a Nacogdoches PD K9 officer stopped a 2000 Coachman motor home in the 1700 block of NW Stallings Drive for "a vehicle equipment violation."
After Rigney, the driver of the RV, and Braden gave the officers inconsistent stories about their travels, and the officers learned that Rigner had violated a protective order, he was arrested at the scene, the press release stated. The press release stated that a search of the RV revealed, an AR-15 rifle, an SKS rifle, a shotgun, 61 pounds of marijuana, 2 ounces of cocaine, and $5,335 in cash.
'The estimated street value of the seized drugs is over $84,000," the press release stated.
Braden was arrested at the scene as well, and she and Rigner were transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail.