Routine traffic stop on Interstate 30 results in seizure of 100 lbs of marijuana

By FAITH HUFFMAN,| News-Telegram News Editor

April 7, 2008 - What started as a routine traffic stop by troopers Sunday evening ultimately netted one felony arrest and seizure of 100 pounds of marijuana.

The incident began at 7:35 p.m. when Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Bruce Roberts stopped a man in an Itasca motor home for speeding and following too close to other vehicles on Interstate 30 at the 127 mile marker.

The driver was identified as William Dean White, 25, of Harleton. Roberts began to suspect White of involvement in criminal activity due to the driver's nervous behavior and the suspicious explanation White gave pertaining to the nature of his trip.

A records check revealed White to be wanted in Harrison County for driving while intoxicated, resulting in a fugitive arrest by the trooper. After obtaining consent to search the motor home, a canine from Sulphur Springs Police Department was utilized to conduct a sniff search around the traveling unit. The dog alerted on the mobile home. A search of that area revealed a false compartment in the floor of the motor home. Inside the hidden area, they found 100 pounds of marijuana.

White was taken to jail on the warrant as well as for possession of more than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, a second degree felony offense.

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