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Dumping drugs leads to elevated charges
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TRINITY – An 18-year-old Trinity man who is believed to have thrown a quantity of marijuana out of a car window was charged with felony tampering with evidence. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, Ricky Perez was arrested on the third degree felony charge at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The arrest came following a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb (Highway 19) and Church streets in Trinity. Perez was a passenger in the vehicle and is charged with dumping marijuana from a baggie out of the car window when they spotted the police approaching. “This kind of thing is happening more and more with suspects attempting to burn, eat, throw away or otherwise get rid of evidence when police stop them,” Jones said. He noted that had police recovered marijuana in the vehicle, the suspect would have faced a Class B misdemeanor possession charge, punishable by up to six months in the county jail. “Because of the lack of jail space, a suspect facing this kind of charge would probably only receive six months probation,” he said. When a suspect attempts to hide or get rid of evidence the charge is elevated to a third degree felony tampering charge which carries a punishment range of two to 10 years in prison, the police chief said. Four-wheeler stolen In other police activity, Jones issued a warning to area residents to lock up four-wheelers and other equipment. He said that on Monday a 2009 black Grizzly 700 four-wheeler was taken from a residence off Highway 19 North. “We haven’t had a four-wheeler stolen in the city in quite a while so everyone needs to be aware that its happening again,” he said.