Drug interdiction officers seize 55 lbs. of marijuana

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 12, 2008 - Police drug interdiction officers jailed a Dallas woman, 27, after a traffic stop revealed she was transporting 55 pounds of marijuana with her pre-teen daughter in the car.

Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Cleve "Buddy" Williams stopped a gray 2007 Chrysler 300 just before 1 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 30 east at the 127 mile marker. The traffic stop was initiated after the Chrysler was observed following too close to another vehicle and failed to signal a lane change.

The woman driver was identified. Police noticed her 11-year-old daughter was in the car with her. A search of the car revealed four large bundles and one small bundle, which were found to contain marijuana.

The substance weighed in at about 55 pounds, according to Williams.

The Dallas woman was arrested at 1:07 a.m. for second-degree felony possession of marijuana. The 11-year-old daughter was taken into custody. Her grandmother was contacted, and the girl was released later this morning to the relative, according to Police Chief Jim Bayuk.

The case has been turned over to Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit for further investigation.

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