Rexo never made a full run around Heather Bailey’s Dodge Intrepid.

The RPD K-9 alerted to the trunk of Bailey’s car immediately. When officers popped the trunk, RPD Maj. Steve Gregg said more than $1,600 worth of cocaine was found inside.

Bailey, 23, of Oil Springs, and Anthony Wayne Phelps, 20, of Bonanza Road in Richmond, were standing outside the Knights Inn on Northgate Drive with the car about 10:45 p.m.

“We got a call they had just put some drugs in the trunk,” Gregg said. “They gave us permission to look in the vehicle, but the drug dog pulled up about the same time, so I said, ‘We’ll just let the dog run around the car.’”

One bag of cocaine already was separated into an individual sandwich bag, Gregg said. The cocaine was found along with a box of baking soda and a box of empty sandwich bags. Very little cash was found in the car, he said.

While talking to police, Bailey claimed she had never been in trouble before. However, Gregg said he and Detective Jason Parker found evidence to the contrary inside the vehicle.

“She had a newspaper clipping in the car with her picture on the front page,” Gregg said.

According to the article, Gregg said Bailey previously had been charged with cocaine trafficking. Phelps also had cocaine possession charges in Madison County in 2005, Gregg said.

“I asked them, ‘If you were given a test would you test positive for cocaine?’” Gregg said. “They said, ‘Absolutely.’”

Field tests were performed confirming the substance was cocaine, Gregg said. Phelps and Bailey both were charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Both were lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

Kelly Foreman can be reached at kforeman@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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