A routine traffic stop by state troopers Thursday afternoon led to the discovery of almost 50 pounds of heroin in a hidden compartment and resulted in one arrest.
Jose Antonio Figueroa, 31, of San Antonio was being held Friday morning in Hopkins County jail on $500,000 bond on the possession of a controlled substance charge.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joshua Vera stopped Figueroa at 2:45 p.m. Thursday at the 130 mile marker of Interstate 30 for a traffic violation in a Dodge Caliber.
Figueroa exhibited numerous signs of criminal activity during the stop, according to reports, leading Vera to ask for and receive permission to search the car. A “non-manufactured compartment” was found in the rocker panels of the vehicle, Vera wrote in arrest reports. Inside the hidden compartment, troopers found approximately 22 kilograms of suspected heroin, or 48.4 pounds.
Figueroa was noted to be uncooperative with law enforcement during the arrest process, Vera reported.
The heroin bust was one of three drug arrests resulting from interstate traffic stops by state troopers Thursday.
Troopers also arrested Tabitha Lynn Falcon, 26, of Houston at 7:15 a.m. on Interstate 30 at the 131 mile marker for possession of marijuana after finding three large, green plastic-wrapped bundles in a suitcase in the trunk of the rental car she was driving.
Troopers stopped Falcon for driving a 2011 Toyota Camry on the improved shoulder. The driver “displayed signs of nervousness and gave implausible reasoning for travel,” resulting in a troopers requesting to search the car. When Falcon refused to consent to a search, a drug-detecting canine was deployed but did not not alert on the car, troopers noted on arrest reports.
Troopers, however, later discovered Falcon was not an authorized driver of the rental vehicle. Authorities contacted the rental company, Hertz. Company officials thenrequested the vehicle be towed since the renter wasn’t with the car. An inventory of the car prior to it being released to a towing service revealed the three bundles in the trunk.
Also arrested Thursday afternoon was Timothy Marrall, 33, of Pearcy, Ark., for possession of 4-200 grams of a controlled substance after a trooper located 81 pills in a bank bag in the car Marrall was driving.
Trooper Josh Roraback stopped Marrall for speeding in a Saturn L200 on I-30 at 12:51 p.m. Thursday.
Marrall exhibited extreme signs of nervousness, so Roraback asked if he had anything illegal in the vehicle. The Arkansas man told troopers he had hydrocodone, but didn’t have a prescription for it. Hydrocodone and Xanax were among several types of pills found in a bank bag in the vehicle, along with a pipe commonly used for snorting narcotics and a small bowl generally used for grinding substances, according to arrest reports.
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