Police seized about 1,700 Ecstasy pills after searching a car that was stopped at Cotter Avenue and Cut-Off Road about 4 a.m., said Executive Lt. Darryl Johnson, an investigator with the Port Aransas Police Department.
Johnson said the pills could be sold on the street for about $20 apiece. That means the total street value of the pills was about $34,000.
PAPD Chief Scott Burroughs said about $300 also was confiscated.
Three people in the 2005 Nissan Altima were arrested, but not all were determined by police to be connected to the drugs.
Brian Moon, 30, of Odessa, was arrested on suspicion of manufacture or delivery of between four and 400 grams of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, police said.
Among items found in the car were packaging material and scales “consistent with the manufacture” of drugs, Johnson said.
Moon was released from Nueces County Jail on $5,000 bond two days after his arrest.
A 29-year-old woman from the community of White House, near Tyler, later was released from Nueces County Jail after no probable cause to charge her, according to jail records.
Another person in the vehicle, a 26- year-old Corpus Christi man, was arrested on municipal court warrants and later released on his own recognizance – a promise to appear in court.
PAPD Officer Jeremy Stewart approached the vehicle because it had stopped in the middle of the intersection for no discernible reason, Johnson said.
Stewart got permission from the driver to search the car, Johnson said. The officer wanted to do the search because the vehicle’s occupants were acting “extremely nervous,” Johnson said.
The pills were found in a suitcase, Johnson said.
Moon had been staying for a short time with a woman who lives on Mercer Street, Johnson said. Because he had been staying there, police obtained a search warrant and searched the residence about 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, the investigator said.
Police confiscated a “small amount” of hydrocodone from the house, Johnson said. Hydrocodone is a painkiller that’s illegal to possess without a prescription, Johnson said, adding that the drug wasn’t in a prescription bottle when it was found.
A woman who lived in the house was arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, Johnson said. Police have seen no evidence that the woman knew about the Ecstasy, he said.
Ecstasy is the slang name for a designer drug that also is known as MDMA, an acronym for methylenedioxymethampetamine.
Johnson said the traffic stop and resulting drug seizure showed Stewart’s skills as an officer.
“It was good police work on Officer Stewart’s part,” Johnson said. “He’s a very pro-active officer.”