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Blotter: Police find cocaine inside foam ball with suspect's help

Officers were arresting a man on an outstanding warrant Sunday when the man told police about possible drugs hidden inside a foam ball he'd been carrying, according to a police report.

Police stopped the 25-year-old suspect, Steven Perez, while he was walking in the 1900 block of Bernard Street about 11 a.m., the report said.

While he was being arrested on an outstanding Denton police warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, he told police about potential drugs inside the ball he was carrying.

"The suspect stated that if drugs were found in the cracks of the ball he was carrying, that they wouldn't be his drugs," according to the police report.

Officers told the man that they wouldn't just cut open the ball looking for drugs, the report said. The man proceeded to tell officers that the foam in the ball was cracked and there "could be drugs inside the cracks," the report said.

The suspect said he hadn't checked the ball for drugs, but the officer did.

Police found a found a small baggie of cocaine inside the ball and charged the suspect with possession of a controlled substance. The man was taken to Denton City Jail.

Other reports

300 block of Harbor Lane — Police have not filed criminal charges against the driver who hit and killed a 23-year-old Aubrey man early Saturday in Hickory Creek, according to Hickory Creek police Chief Carey Dunn.

Dunn said the victim, Austin Perryman, was laying on the roadway when a vehicle ran him over around midnight Saturday. The driver, who stopped at the scene after the accident, told police he couldn't see Perryman because it was dark, according to Dunn.

Dunn said police are still investigating the incident.

1500 block of Meadow Street — A 20-year-old man said his ex-girlfriend assaulted him early Sunday morning before breaking things inside his apartment.

He called police at 3:16 a.m., but officers did not make any arrests when they arrived on the scene. The report did not specify whether the suspect had already left the scene. It also did not specify the broken items. 

1900 block of Colorado Boulevard — A 23-year-old man said he captured video footage of a suspect burglarizing his home on Saturday. The police report did not identify the stolen items and did not offer a suspect description.

4100 block of Interstate 35 — Police arrested a man on a drug charge after officers found him sitting on the trunk of a vehicle at a Motel 6.

Officers said the motel is located in a high crime and narcotics area. When they approached the 40-year-old suspect, who had been sitting on the trunk of a vehicle in the parking lot, he told officers he had tickets out of Denton police and Carrollton police, according to the police report.

Officers confirmed that the man had one outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia out of Denton and one outstanding warrant for public intoxication out of Carrollton. They arrested him on the warrants and later found a clear baggie of methamphetamine in his shorts pocket, the report said.

He was taken to Denton City Jail on an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance.

5300 block of East McKinney Street — A suspect reportedly stole money and clothes from a 29-year-old man's house on Sunday at the Ashli Oaks of Denton mobile home park, according to a police report.

Responding officers spoke with the victim and determined that the suspect entered through the back door and stole multiple unspecified items, the report said. There were no witnesses, and no arrests were made.


From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 2,535 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 91 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton firefighters responded to 76 medical calls, seven vehicle accidents, one building fire and three passenger vehicle fires.

From 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday:

Denton police handled 112 calls for service and made 4 arrests.