Two Baltimore, Maryland residents were arrested after a traffic stop on Thursday afternoon after a drug dog found cocaine in the vehicle.
Melvin James Perry, 27, and Ashley Nicole Perc, 23, were both charged with first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance following the initial traffic stop at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday for passing a school bus while it was unloading children, according to a DPS spokeswoman.
After speaking with the two, the trooper said criminal indicators of drug trafficking were observed and the consent to search the vehicle was denied.
Perry then tried to run and was caught by the trooper. A DPS drug dog assisted and alerted on the trunk area where 9.5 kilos, or 9,500 grams, of cocaine were found. Perry also has a misdemeanor evading arrest charge from the incident.
Perc remained in the Nacogdoches County Jail Friday afternoon in lieu of a $75,000 bond. Perry's bond was set at a combined $77,500.