Police: 'Canine sniff' leads to Charlotte residents charged with cocaine trafficking

Rowan County Sheriff's Office 

A man and woman are facing multiple charges after a drug detection canine's positive alert led to the discovery of marijuana and cocaine inside their vehicle, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies pulled over a Chevrolet Malibu Tuesday, Jan. 22 on Interstate-85 southbound in Salisbury for a routine traffic infraction. The vehicle was registered to the driver, Marcus Demond Davis, 41, with Porschia Nicole Clay, 38, in the passenger seat. 

As deputies approached the vehicle, they noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment. A drug detection canine was brought to the car to conduct a free air search of the vehicle. The dog gave a positive alert to the presence and/or odor of controlled substances. 

During a search of the vehicle, deputies found around six grams of marijuana under the front passenger seat. Concealed in the rear wheel well area of the Malibu behind a carpeted area was a package containing approximately 507 grams of cocaine, valued at $50,000.  Deputies also found about $3,250 in cash.  

Davis and Clay have each been charged with level III trafficking cocaine by possession and transportation, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances. Each received a $30,000 secured bond. 

Under North Carolina law, level III cocaine trafficking carries a sentence of 175 to 222 months in prison and a $250,000 fine.