BIG HAUL: Police find 260 pounds of marijuana in pickup; Dallas driver arrested
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Cpl. Jason Ricketson (left, with drug dog Barry) and Sgt. Buddy Williams exhibit the 260 pounds of marijuana seized this morning.
Sulphur Springs Police Dept. photo

Nov. 4, 2005 -- Police seized 260 pounds of marijuana and a pickup following a traffic stop early Friday morning, and the driver was arrested on second-degree felony possession charges.

Cpl. Jason Ricketson stopped a black Dodge pickup at 1:55 a.m. Friday at the 131 mile marker for a traffic violation. Ricketson noted in reports the driver, 20-year-old Martin G. Campos of Dallas, to be extremely nervous, resulting in the officer requesting permission to search the extended cab pickup. Campos denied the request.

Ricketson retrieved canine Barry, who alerted on the truck. The officer found four suitcases in the back seat of the extended cab truck. Several bundles of wrapped marijuana were found in the suitcases and several others were found in the toolbox in the bed of the truck.

Overall, 260 pounds of marijuana were found in the truck, resulting in Campos's arrest on the second-degree felony possession of marijuana charge.

The truck was seized by police who have begun forfeiture proceedings to obtain the vehicle, according to Chief Jim Bayuk.

In an unrelated incident, Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Hanna and Cpl. Eddie Moon arrested Fred W. Syers, 49, of Saugatuck, Mich., at 4:40 a.m. Friday at the 129 mile marker on Interstate 30 east for possession of a controlled substance.

Syers was stopped in a tan Ford Explorer for a  traffic violation. Deputies asked for permission to search the vehicle. A small bag of a crystal substance was found. He was detained until the substance was tested. The man was arrested on the second-degree felony charge after the substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

�Cumby police also arrested a 43-year-old New Mexico man and a 42-year-old New Mexico woman at 4:25 a.m. Friday on the FM 275 overpass for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The pair was found asleep in the back of a vehicle parked in a no parking zone. The officer asked to search the vehicle after the man gave police false information numerous times. He was also noted to be extremely nervous and shaking.

A small prescription bottle with 41 prescription-strength tablets identified by poison control officials as Naproxen Soonig was found in the vehicle. The New Mexico man told police he was taking the medicine for a shoulder injury, while the woman said she got the pills not from a doctor but from a friend to help with her boyfriend's pain, reports state.

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