APPLE SPRINGS, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Kennard woman accused of leaving a purse with drugs inside of it in a school office while a K9 was sniffing for narcotics at the campus Tuesday afternoon.
Patricia Nan Jones, 49, is charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone and misdemeanor A possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone.
Sheriff Woody Wallace said deputies had brought a K9 to do a routine search of the school for drugs around 2 p.m.
"She wasn't a target but when she came in smelling like she did and set her purse down, it was a no-brainer," Wallace said.
Wallace said they brought the dog into an office and it alerted to a purse which Jones had left behind. Wallace said Jones had left the purse behind, even though she had seen the dog.
"Why she didn't turn around and walk out when she saw the canine officer and the dog there, if she did, she probably wouldn't have gotten caught," Wallace said. "She just decided to set the bag down and walk out casually like nothing was going on. We detected that she was under the influence anyway. "
When Jones returned to the office, a deputy asked her if she had any drugs in it, Wallace said. After Jones said she did not, the deputy asked why the dog alerted to it.
Jones said she "may have had some marijuana," Wallace said. She then gave deputies consent to search her purse.
"Not only did he find marijuana but he also found a methamphetamines pipe that has methamphetamines in it," Wallace said.