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State troopers make 2 drugs busts on traffic stops in Victoria

March 11, 2010 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 10, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.

Texas troopers seized drugs in traffic stops along U.S. 59 two days in a row.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Thomas Arriaga stopped a family traveling north at 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the 1140 block of U.S. Highway 59 for not have a seat belt and driving on the shoulder.

Arriaga said he noticed their body language, their stories inconsistencies and searched the truck.

Arriaga found 12.6 pounds of cocaine.

"It was in the rear wall of a fake compartment," said Arriaga, who became suspicious after smelling paint and bonding where the false compartment was connected to the truck.

The 18-year-old woman and two 19-year-old males told officers they were traveling from Edinburg to Houston.

The three were taken into custody. A 2-year-old was also in the car.

"Two loads in two days, we've been doing really good lately," said Jay Schultz, a trooper who stopped a 27- year-old Brownsville man and found more than 50 pounds of marijuana at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The man was arrested on suspicion of marijuana more than 50 pounds and less than 2,000 pounds.

According to the DPS report, Schultz stopped a northbound Chevrolet 1500 on U.S. Loop 463, a short distance from the other arrests for failing to keep right for slower vehicle, as it traveled well below the posted speed limit in heavy fog within the left lane.

According to the report, the

trooper saw indicators consistent with criminal activity such as smuggling.

Schultz asked for and was granted verbal constant to search the vehicle where he found a false bed underneath the original bed contained which 47 bundles of marijuana that weighed about 92 pounds.

"We've had a combined six drug seizures this year," Arriaga said.

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