Troopers and police seized nearly 100 pounds of marijuana and arrested a total of five people in two cars Monday night.
It all started just before 11 p.m. when Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joseph Hogue saw two vehicles that appeared to be traveling eastbound on Interstate 30.
Hogue stopped the lead car at the 135 mile marker at 10:56 p.m. for driving on the improved shoulder. The driver of the rental car, a 29-year-old woman, and the female passenger 18, were both nervous, the trooper noted in his reports.
The trooper’s suspicion of something amiss became even more acute after the “very nervous” pairgave conflicting information about their travels.
Hogue called for Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Ricketson to bring his canine partner, Barry, to conduct a “sniff search” around the car. Barry alerted on the car, where the trooper found several pounds of marijuana wrapped in a bundle in the trunk.
A small plastic bag of marijuana was also found in a purse. Both women were arrested for possession of marijuana, Hogue noted on arrest reports.
About 30 minutes later, Ricketson, hwo stopped a Toyota Camry about four miles further down the highway for a traffic violation, ended up taking all three occupants to jail.
The trio, ages 60, 51 and 38, gave the officer conflicting stories about their travels, which resulted in a vehicle search.
The men were charged with second-degree felony possession of marijuana, after Ricketson found more than 50 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle.
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