A routine traffic stop resulted in a major drug bust near Bridgeport last week.
According to Wise County Sheriff David Walker, Deputy J.T. Manoushagian was on routine traffic patrol near Bridgeport 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, when he stopped a gray sport utility vehicle near Farm Road 920 and County Road 3510 for a traffic violation. His canine partner, Acor, alerted on the car, giving probable cause to search the vehicle, Walker said.
Acor is trained to react when he detects the presence of an unlawful controlled substance. Inside the vehicle, Manoushagian found numerous packages containing methamphetamine, packages of marijuana and multiple items identified as drug paraphernalia.
A total of 77.2 grams (2.7 ounces) of methamphetamine were found along with 0.77 of an ounce of marijuana. A total of $1,590 in cash was also found in the vehicle.
The driver, David Armstrong, 27, of Bridgeport was arrested for possession of a controlled substance 4 to 200 grams, possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces, driving while license invalid with previous conviction and possession of drug paraphernalia. A passenger, Jessica Puckett, 27, of Bridgeport was arrested for possession of a controlled substance 4 to 200 grams, possession of marijuana less than two ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were taken to the Wise County Jail and later released after posting bail.
Records show Armstrong was convicted of possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram in 271st District Court in Wise County Jan. 9, 2011, almost two years to the day from his most recent arrest. He was sentenced to two years in prison in the 2011 felony conviction. Prior to that, records show Armstrong was convicted of the same charge as well as theft of a firearm on March 2, 2009, and sentenced to 18 months in jail.