|Log book violation leads troopers to 3,000
pounds of marijuana of marijuana on Interstate
Truck driver held on $1 million bond
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Dec. 2, 2005 -- An Amarillo man was being held at the county jail Friday morning on felony charges stemming from 3,000 pounds of marijuana found in the truck tractor-trailer he was driving Thursday night.
State Troopers George Harris and David Reynolds initially stopped 33-year-old Martin Marquez Garza III at the 116 mile marker on Interstate 30 around 10:30 p.m. to conduct a routine commercial vehicle inspection of the rig.
After an inspection of Garza's log book, it became apparent he was well over the allowable hours of service. The troopers placed him out of service for the log book violation and escorted him and the rig to the parking area in front of the Texas Department of Public Safety office, where he was to sit out the requisite time and troopers could continue their inspection.
Garza agreed to allow the troopers to search his truck and trailer. During the course of that search, the troopers discovered approximately 3,000 pounds of a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the semi-trailer among a legitimate load of cargo.
The troopers placed Garza into custody and booked him into the county jail for first-degree felony possession of more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana with the intent to deliver.
Garza was arraigned Friday morning at the county jail, where he remained at noon in lieu of $1 million bond on the charge. If convicted on the first-degree felony, Garza faces five years up to 99 years or life in prison and an optional fine up to $50,000.