Troopers seize marijuana hidden in air compressor

Law enforcement officials investigate a pickup truck where 63 pounds of marijuana was found on U.S. Hwy. 59 on Wednesday.

Troopers seized more than 60 pounds of marijuana after stopping a man and his wife for a traffic violation on Tuesday.

Victor M. Villagomez, 43, of Pharr was headed toward Houston on U.S. Hwy. 59 in a white Ford F-150 when Department of Public Safety Trooper Jay Schultz stopped the vehicle near Farm-to-Market Road 1686.

Villagomez was handcuffed and guarded in a ditch as troopers searched his vehicle about 11 a.m.

Troopers located 63 pounds of marijuana in a 20-gallon air compressor located in the bed of the truck. Schultz removed the engine of the compressor and found 34 bundles of marijuana, which is valued at $31,500.

Villagomez, whose birthday was Tuesday, was arrested on suspicion of possession of between 50 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana, a second degree felony, and taken to the Victoria County Jail.

His wife was not arrested.