Authorities said an Arkansas man is free on bond following his arrest on a drug charge.

An Arkansas man faces drug charges after an investigation in which the Houston Police Department’s drug dog, Rooke, found marijuana in his vehicle.

Alfonso N. Moran Jr., 28, of Viola, Ark., is charged after an incident March 13 that began when he raised the hood of his Chevrolet truck in the parking lot of a U.S. 63 business and an officer on patrol stopped to ask if he needed assistance.

After making contact with Moran, the officer smelled alcohol on his breath and an investigation ensued. During the investigation, $4,100 in $100 bills was found in Moran’s wallet. The officer called for the HPD K-9 unit to come to the scene, and the agency’s Rooke alerted on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

An assisting Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper at that time removed a tool belt from the truck that was found to contain a plastic bag containing marijuana that later weighed in at 102 grams. Moran stated he purchased the pot from a man in Thayer.

HPD chief Jim McNiell said the bust involved the largest amount of drugs found by Rooke since he joined the department a few months ago.

“He did a good job,” McNiell said. “It’s great having him with us.”

A probable cause statement was sent to County Prosecutor Mike Anderson, and Moran was charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving while suspended. Moran was taken to the Texas County Jail and held for 24 hours. He later posted $150,000 bond and was released.  

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