State troopers Sunday discovered 100 pounds of marijuana hidden in produce in a semi truck. In a separate incident, they took a man into custody for possessing what turned out to be a stolen weapon which may be connected to a homicide in another county.
Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers Bruce Roberts and Scott Lee, assisted by Trooper David Reynolds, were credited with the arrests of Javier R. Diaz, 28, and Barbaro Fernandez, 42, both of Albuquerque, N.M., for possession of 100 pounds of marijuana.
Roberts and Lee stopped the semi truck at 12:25 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 30 east at the 120 mile marker for a routine commercial vehicle inspection. The driver was identified as Fernandez and the passenger as Diaz.
Troopers were “concerned about the nature of the trip” the pair was making and obtained consent to search the truck. They found about 100 pounds of marijuana hidden in a load of produce in the semi trailer. Hopkins County-Sulphur Springs Special Crimes Unit investigators were contacted.
In a separate incident at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, DPS Trooper Trent Price arrested Claudie J. Miller Jr., 37, of Dallas at 10:35 a.m. at the 135 mile marker on Interstate 30 for felon in possession of a firearm and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Price stopped Miller for a speed violation. Upon approach, Price detected a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. A search turned up a large amount of U.S. currency, marijuana and a handgun concealed under the carpet in the passenger floorboard of Miller’s vehicle. Altogether, the trooper seized about $14,000, the handgun and less than 2 ounces of marijuana during the stop.
Troopers were notified Monday morning that the handgun came back as having been stolen in another county, and was thought to be connected to a homicide suspect.
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