|Police seize 150 pounds pot, Houston man charged|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Oct. 25, 2005 - Police recovered nearly 150 pounds of marijuana early today in the trunk of a Hyundai Sonata occupied by two adults and an infant.
The vehicle was released to the woman passenger after the driver, a 26-year-old Houston man, admitted she knew nothing about the three large duffel bags full of grease and plastic-wrapped pot.
The felony arrest resulted from a traffic stop by Sgt. Buddy Williams just before 2 a.m. Tuesday at the 120 mile marker on the eastbound side of Interstate 30. Williams stopped the 2005 model blue vehicle with Texas registration for speeding.
The vehicle was occupied by the driver, a Hispanic male, a Hispanic female and a 1-year-old child. Williams noted in reports that the driver, identified as George Anthony Navarro, was very evasive when answering questions about his travel plans. Williams asked for and was give permission by Navarro to search the vehicle.
The officer found three large duffel bags in the trunk of the car. Inside each bag were several tightly wrapped bundles, which were found to contain grease-wrapped marijuana.
According to narcotics interdiction officers, drug traffickers often attempt to mask the scent of contraband such as marijuana in substances such as grease to throw off narcotics search dogs.
Navarro said the female passenger did not know anything about the marijuana. After authorities consulted with the district attorney, she was released without charges being filed. The vehicle, child and and a Chihuahua dog were also turned over to her.
The driver, who listed a Houston address, was taken into custody and booked at the county jail for second-degree felony possession of more than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds of marijuana.