|Trooper seizes more than 100 lbs. of marijuana Sat.|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Dec. 12, 2006 - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Franklin County officers seized 111 pounds of marijuana from an Indianapolis man Saturday on Interstate 30.
The incident began in Hopkins County when Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Reynolds observed two Indiana vehicles that were apparently traveling together, headed eastward on Interstate 30.
Reynolds knew he would be unable to stop both vehicles for traffic violations, so the state trooper contacted Franklin County authorities for assistance. The agencies, working together, stopped the pair of vehicles, including a 1995 Nissan with Indiana license plates but no license plate light, near the Franklin-Hopkins County line, according to DPS reports.
Juan Antonio Garcia, 25, of Indianapolis was driving the Nissan. He was arrested for possession of marijuana after Reynolds found six bundles of what was identified as marijuana. The driver of the other vehicle was detained, and both were taken into custody for questioning.
Garcia was charged Sunday morning with possession of what turned out to be 111 pounds of marijuana. He was released on bond later that morning, then brought back to jail by his bondsman for surety off bond on the charge. Later, he bonded out of jail again, this time on a $150,000 bond.
The driver of the second car was released, with the acknowledgement that while officials were not filing charges at this time, they could pursue charges at a later date, depending on the outcome of further investigation into the case, according to DPS officials.