41-year-old Marcus Davis, and 38-year-old Porschia Clay are facing drug charges after a police dog sniffed out more than $50,000 worth of cocaine hidden in their vehicle during a traffic stop on Tuesday in Salisbury, NC. Marcus and Porshia are Charlotte residents.
Deputies pulled over a blue 2001 Chevrolet Malibu on Interstate 85 in Salisbury for a routine traffic stop when they smelled marijuana coming from the passenger compartment.
A Rowan County Sheriff’s Office drug detection K-9 was called to the scene and performed a free air search of the vehicle. The dog provided a positive alert to the presence of a controlled substance. A probable cause search was conducted of the vehicle and deputies found a plastic bag with about six grams of marijuana under the front passenger seat.
But wait, there is more, concealed in the rear wheel well area of the Malibu, behind a carpeted area, was a package containing roughly 507 grams of cocaine, valued at $50,000. Also found in the car was $3,250 in cash.
Marcus and Porschia were each charged with Level III trafficking cocaine by possession and transportation, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances.
Level III cocaine trafficking carries a sentence of 175-222 months in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Porschia has previous felony convictions for possession of schedule II and larceny, and Marcus has convictions for motor vehicle violations.