NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department arrested two Houston residents Wednesday after a probable cause search conducted during a traffic stop turned up a large amount of marijuana.
Lauren Alondra Monic Johnson, 23, and Ellis Alvin Pink, 28, are both still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. Each of them was charged with third-degree felony possession of marijuana between five and 50 pounds. No bail amounts have been set for them yet.
According to the Nacogdoches Police Department's daily activity report and the arrest affidavit, an NPD officer stopped the duo's black 2012 Mercedes sedan in the 7500 block of Northwest Stallings Drive because it didn't have a front license plate. Johnson was the driver, and Pink was the passenger, the affidavit stated.
After Johnson and Pink gave conflicting stories about their travel itinerary, they denied the officers permission to search their vehicle. At that point, a K-9 officer was brought in, and it alerted on changes in the duo's behavior, the report stated.
When NPD officers searched the vehicle, they found several clear plastic packages containing a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana, the affidavit stated. In addition, the officers found a clear plastic bag containing marijuana among Pink's personal property, the affidavit stated.
All total, the NPD officers found more than five pounds of marijuana in the duo's Mercedes sedan.
Johnson and Pink were arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.