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DPS seizes drugs and money

By KBell
Feb. 24, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2011 at 8:24 p.m.

Some of the 43 bundles of marijuana found stashed inside a gas tank of a Dodge truck about 4:45 p.m. Feb. 18. Troopers seized the 100 pounds of marijuana in a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 59 just south of Telferner.

The Texas Department of Public Safety seized 100 pounds of marijuana and $98,066 in two traffic stops on Feb. 18 and 19.

The first occurred on northbound U.S. Highway 59 just south of Telferner about 4:45 p.m, Feb. 18, said DPS Public Information Officer Trooper Gerald Bryant.

Troopers pulled over a Dodge truck for two traffic violations and noticed several indicators of criminal activity, Bryant said.

George Thomas Vickery, 56, of Macon, Ga., consented to a search and troopers found 43 bundles of marijuana in the truck's gas tank. The 100 pounds of marijuana have a street value of about $60,000, Bryant said.

Vickery was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, a second degree felony, Bryant said.

The next afternoon, Troopers pulled over a Dodge truck headed southbound on U.S. Highway 77 near Warburton Road at 2:42 p.m.

The truck was pulling a flatbed trailer, and after gaining consent to search, troopers found two bundles of currency in a hidden compartment in the trailer, Bryant said.

A drug dog alerted troopers to the money, which totaled $98,066, Bryant said.

Jose Guadalupe Salinas, 40, of Mission, was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, Bryant said.

Salinas was traveling from Houston to Mission, Bryant said.

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