NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas - Three Houston men are in custody after deputies found over 15,000 pills in their car during a traffic stop as they were traveling from Little Rock to Houston. These men are believed to be connected to the two Thursday-morning Walgreens pharmacy robberies in Little Rock.
Sheriff's Deputies said they pulled over an SUV on Loop 224 southbound at Highway 21 in Nacogdoches County for two unspecified traffic violations Thursday morning. The three men in the car told deputies they were traveling from Little Rock to Houston.
After talking with the men, deputies said they suspected criminal activity and asked for consent to search the SUV. The driver, who police identify as Clarence Winslow, reportedly refused consent to search.
A Nacogdoches police Officer and his K-9 dog came to assist the traffic stop and did a free-air search of the outside of the SUV which police say "resulted in a positive alert."
This caused deputies to search of the SUV, where they found and confiscated several different types of pills. Over 15,000 pills ranging from Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, hydromorphone and amphetamine pills were taken by police. Deputies also found a small amount of marijuana inside the SUV.
All three men were arrested and taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail.
During the investigation, markings were found on the pills bottles that indicated the pills came from a pharmacy. Investigators found evidence inside the SUV linking the men to two different Walgreens locations in Little Rock. Investigators found out that the LRPD has been investigating two Walgreens pharmacy robberies that happened early Thursday morning, and they connected the dots between these suspects and the robberies.
The time frame also places the men in Little Rock at the approximate time of the robberies.
Surveillance cameras at one of the Walgreens captured one of the suspects, still wearing the same clothing that he had on during the traffic stop in Nacogdoches County.
Police identify the men as James Turner, 31, Clarence Winslow, 34, and Tyrone Trammer, 30. They were all charged with four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 1st and 2nd Degree Felony. More charges are expected to be filed by the LRPD.
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