Cumby police officer arrests two after finding suspected cocaine, more than $14,000
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 22, 2006 -- Cumby police arrested an Arkansas pair on felony drug charges after finding cocaine and more than $14,000 cash in their car, according to arrest reports.

Cumby Police Sgt. Amanda Taylor was credited with the arrests. She stopped a westbound Chevrolet Malibu at the 110 mile marker on Interstate 30 at about 9 p.m. Friday. She asked 20-year-old Keenan Larod Packard, 20, of Pine Bluff, Ark., for his license and insurance information and the passenger for his identification as well. 

Taylor relayed the information to dispatchers for routine records checks. Dispatchers soon advised her that the passenger, 24-year-old Charles Edward Petty II of Pine Bluff, Ark., was wanted by San Patricio County authorities on a misdemeanor theft warrant. Petty was told of the outstanding charge and asked to exit the car. He did, was patted down and taken into custody on the charge.

The Cumby police sergeant then returned to the gold car to speak further with Packard, who said there were no illegal substances or contraband in the car. When asked, Packard gave permission for Taylor to search the car.

While in the vehicle, Taylor found  a small, hard substance she believed to be cocaine, resulting in both Packard and Petty being charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. The police officer also noted in arrest reports that $14,218 in U.S. currency was discovered in a blue bag in the car.

Packard and Petty were arraigned on the charges Saturday morning at the county jail, where they remained in lieu of $5,000 bond each on the possession of a controlled substance charge. 

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