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Traffic stop yields more than 90 pounds of pot

By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
May 2, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.

The Department of Public Safety confiscated more than 90 pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop on state Highway 185 on Monday morning.

A traffic stop Monday morning led to the discovery of more than 90 pounds of marijuana hidden in a pickup's gas tank.

At 11:30 a.m., a 2009 GMC Sierra driven by Adan Martinez, of Rio Grande City, was stopped on suspicion of speeding and illegal window tint on state Highway 185, said Department of Public Safety public information officer Trooper Gerald Bryant.

"The trooper tried to stop him on U.S. Highway 59 northbound, but he exited on 185 and pulled into a gas station," Bryant said.

Bryant said the trooper observed "several indicators of criminal activity" while questioning Martinez and received consent to search the truck.

Inside the gas tank were 43 bundles of marijuana weighing 91.6 pounds, said Bryant.

Martinez, 23, is in the Victoria County jail charged with possession of marijuana from 50 to 2,000 pounds, a second degree felony, said Bryant.

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