A highway patrolman arrested a Dallas-area mother and daughter after finding more than 15 pounds of cocaine in a hidden compartment in their car.
Elizabeth Luna Reilly, 22, of Grand Prairie and Janet Garcia Salinas, 46, of Irving remained in the Hopkins County jail at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on the felony charge of possession of more than 400 grams of a controlled substance, according to jail reports. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup set bond at $100,000.
The arrests are credited to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joseph Hogue, who stopped the pair at 9:37 p.m. on Interstate 30 near the 135 mile marker after noticing the eastbound tan Ford Taurus being driven partially on the improved shoulder.
The driver was identified as Salinas and the passenger as Reilly, Salinas’ 22-year-old daughter.
During the course of the traffic stop, Hogue noted both women seemed very nervous, and that Salinas appeared to be fatigued. Salinas claimed they were en route from Dallas to Atlanta, Ga., in a car she claimed to have just bought. Reilly, however, told Hogue that they were headed to Arkansas to visit her grandfather in a retirement home.
Based on the conflicting stories, other information presented and their apparent nervousness, Hogue obtained their permission to search the car.
The trooper located an “after-market false compartment between the two rear tires under the car.” In the compartment, he found 7 kilograms, or 15.4 pounds, of cocaine. Both women were jailed on the possession of a controlled substance charge, and the car was driven to the DPS office for further inspection.
During Hogue’s investigation, the troooper also found evidence the pair had crossed the United States-Mexico border around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, leading officials to believe the contraband was likely brought across the border from Mexico.
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