Over 250 pounds of marijuana seized during traffic stop near Flatonia
FLATONIA, Texas - Over 250 pounds of marijuana was seized during a traffic stop near Flatonia Monday.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says one of its sergeants and his K-9 partner stopped a Dodge pickup on I-10 at the 658-mile marker just before 10:30 a.m. for a traffic violation.
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A FCSO K-9 unit stands next to a truck with pounds of marijuana. (Fayette County Sheriff's Office)
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The sergeant became suspicious that illegal narcotics were being transported after speaking to the "extremely nervous" driver, says FCSO. The sergeant got consent to search the truck and had his K-9 partner conduct an exterior sweep of the truck. The K-9 alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics.
The sergeant searched the truck and found approximately 253 pounds of marijuana hidden under a load of lumber and PVC pipes. FCSO says the estimated street value of the marijuana is $126,500.
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49-year-old Salvador Sanchez of Laredo was arrested for felony possession of marijuana and transported to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center.