Cocaine, pills discovered during Orange County traffic stop
An Orange County deputy reportedly made an alarming discovery when conducting a search of a vehicle during a traffic stop Aug. 21, finding approximately 400 grams of cocaine and dozens of prescription pills resulting in two arrests, the Orange County Sheriff's Office reports.
According to a news release from OCSO, at approximately 12:15 a.m., an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2010 Chrysler four-door passenger vehicle on Interstate 10 Eastbound at the 865 mile marker for following too closely to another vehicle in violation of Texas Transportation Code 545.062.
When the deputy spoke to the driver, he noticed the driver was "overly nervous," according to the release. The deputy reportedly became suspicious after questioning the driver and a passenger, which led to the officer asking the driver for consent to search his vehicle. The driver consented to the search, reports OCSO, and the deputy located approximately 400 grams of cocaine wrapped in duct tape and plastic, hidden in the trunk of the car.
The driver was identified as 29-year-old black male Tyronne Gillin and the passenger was identified as 23-year-old black female Erica Patin, both of New Orleans, Louisiana. Gillin and Patin were placed under arrest of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 1st Degree Felony, and booked into the Orange County Jail. During the book-in process, it was discovered that Patin allegedly had 67 illegally possessed prescription pills identified as Tramadol, hidden in clear plastic packaging under her clothing. Patin faced an additional charge of a Class B misdemeanor for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Justice of the Peace Precinct #1, Judge David Peck, arraigned Gillin and set his bond at $50,000. Patin’s bond was set at $51,000. Both Gillin and Patin remain in custody at the Orange County Jail at the time of this release.