CLINTON — A Clinton man is accused of felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
Travis A. Pierce, 30, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense, a Class D felony; and unlawful possession of a prescription drug, a serious misdemeanor. A preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29.
According to the affidavit, at 7 a.m. Aug. 10, an officer observed a silver Honda Civic parked in the 200 block of Second Avenue South. The officer did a license plate check, which returned to a white Lincoln Town Car. The vehicle was occupied by two subjects. The officer parked the marked patrol squad behind the vehicle and approached both subjects.
The affidavit states Pierce occupied the driver's seat and a female occupied the front passenger seat. The officer was speaking with the female and observed a black eyeglass case with fabric sticking out of it. The eyeglasses were observed, in plain view, on the rear passenger seat next to a black duffel bag. The officer believed this case likely contained paraphernalia due to the fabric sticking out from the inside. The officer asked the female about the bag in the seat behind her. The female admitted it was her bag. The female offered to show the officer the contents of the bag. The officer asked the female if she wore glasses. The female stated she did not wear glasses.
The affidavit continues that the officer asked the female about the contents of the eyeglass case as she opened the back door. The female shoved the case under the black duffel bag and continued to show the officer the contents of the duffel bag as if she did not hear the officer's question, court records state. The officer asked the female again about the case. She replied it was for her sunglasses and pointed to a pair of sunglasses on the center console. The sunglasses the officer observed allegedly were too large for the case the officer observed. The officer asked the female to step out of the vehicle. The female was allegedly uncooperative and was arrested for interference with official acts.
The officer removed the case from under the duffel bag and located a methamphetamine pipe within it. Pierce was removed from the vehicle and spoke with an officer, admitting he had bags in the vehicle. He stated he had a red and black bag in the backseat and another bag in the trunk. Pierce gave officers permission to search.
The affidavit that states during a search of the red and black duffel bag, an officer located a yellow prescription bottle containing various pills. The officer also found a wallet within the bag with a casino card belonging to Pierce. Officers identified a couple of the pills found in the bottle and found some to be controlled substances and numerous prescription-only pills. The officer also located a blue bottle containing white pills and a small, mostly burnt blunt with minimal marijuana left inside.
The affidavit continues that Pierce was placed into handcuffs. The officer asked Pierce about the prescription bottle. Pierce allegedly stated he found it next to a garbage can in an alley. The officer asked Pierce if he knew that many of the pills were prescription only and controlled substances. Pierce stated he did know they were because he looked them up. He stated he was going to take them to the police department later.