Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust, CORRIGAN, July 12, 2015 - At 4:43 pm on July 11, 2015, Officer Dakoda Hernandez with Corrigan Police Department was patrolling on South Home Street in Corrigan when his radar spotted a blue 4 door car that passed him at a high rate of speed. Officer Hernandez initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Hernandez was quickly joined by Deputy Cody Hardy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. When Hernandez spoke with the driver, 35 year old Terrence Jermaine Bowie, of San Antonio, he told Bowie that he could smell a strong scent of marijuana coming from his vehicle. Bowie told Hernandez that he had smoked marijuana when he left San Antonio, but that he didn't have any pot in his possession. Deputy Hardy asked Bowie's passenger to step out of his car. The passenger was identified as 25 year old Carol Herrera, also of San Antonio. Hardy spotted a marijuana roach in the ash tray of the car. Hernandez asked Bowie if there were any more illegal drugs in the car, Bowie stated no. During a search of the car, Hernandez spotted an aluminum Coca Cola bottle in the cup holder of the car. When Hernandez shook the bottle, it made a rattling sound (not a liquid sound). Hernandez looked inside the bottle to find it filled with Xanax pills and 2 Oxycodone pills. Hardy placed Bowie in hand cuffs. Hernandez asked Herrera if she had any more drugs in her possession or in the vehicle, she said no. Herrera was acting very nervous. Both Hernandez and Hardy observed that Herrera wedged something in her crotch. Hernandez placed Herrera in cuffs. When asked about it, Herrera stated that she had about 20 Xanax bars in her pants. Officer Dana Vanya (also with Corrigan PD) was summoned to assist him in searching Herrera. Herrera placed the bag of pills onto the hood of Hernandez's patrol unit. Both Terrence Bowie and Carol Herrera are facing felony drug charges.
Terrence Jermaine Bowie, 35, of San Antonio
Carol Herrera, 25, of San Antonio
A bag of Xanax that Herrera had wedged in her crotch.
The Coca Cola bottle was filled with pills.
Deputy Cody Hardy (left) and Officer Dakoda Hernandez inventory the pills.
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