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Traffic stops over holidays net 126.8 pounds of marijuana

By Victoria Advocate
Jan. 4, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2013 at 7:05 p.m.

Twenty-seven bundles of marijuana with a street value of $44,862.80 were seized Dec. 28 by state troopers on U.S. Highway 59 in Victoria.

State troopers made three traffic stops during the holidays that resulted in the seizure of 126.8 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $70,052.80, according to a news release Friday from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In each case, the trooper gained permission to search the vehicle after interviewing the driver. The trooper noticed several indicators of criminal activity, according to the release.

The first stop was made Dec. 22, on U.S. 59 in Jackson County near Edna. Troopers stopped a northbound 2000 Ford Excursion on suspicion of several traffic violations.

Troopers found 15 bundles of marijuana, weighing 15.8 pounds, inside the firewall, DPS spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant said.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of $8,690 and was coming from Mission going to Houston.

Jose Elizondo, 40, of Penitas, in Hidalgo County, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

The second traffic stop was made Dec. 23, on state Highway 35 in Calhoun County near Port Lavaca.

Troopers stopped a northbound 2001 Ford Explorer on suspicion of a traffic violation.

Troopers found 26 bundles of marijuana, weighing 29.6 pounds, inside a false compartment in the cargo area.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of $16,500. The marijuana was coming from Rio Grande City en route to Houston.

Feliberto Ovalle III, 33, of San Juan, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

The third stop was made Dec. 28 on U.S. 59 in Victoria County near state Highway 185.

Troopers stopped a northbound 1999 GMC Sierra pickup on suspicion of several traffic violations.

The trooper found 27 bundles of marijuana, weighing 81.4 pounds, inside the gas tank. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $44,862.80.

Jaime Nino-Hernandez, 21, of Mission, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

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