DPS finds 47 bundles of marijuana in Jeep

May 5, 2010 at 12:05 a.m.

State officers recovered 47 bundles of marijuana during a traffic stop on Tuesday morning.

Around 9:45 a.m., Department of Public Safety Trooper Thomas Arriaga spotted a 2006 brown Jeep Commander traveling north on U.S. 59 near U.S. Highway 87.

Arriaga observed the vehicle speeding and subsequently pulled over the Jeep.

DPS public information officer Gerald Bryant said once the Jeep had been stopped, "several indicators of criminal activity were observed."

Bryant said the vehicle's driver, 40-year-old Esteban Alaniz, gave consent to search the vehicle.

Upon searching the vehicle, Arriaga and other troopers discovered 47 bundles of marijuana in the Jeep's doors, spare tires, rear quarter panel and gas tank.

The bundles weighed about 135 pounds.

Bryant said Alaniz, a Mission resident, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana between 50 and 2,000 pounds, which is a second-degree felony.

Alaniz was transported to the Victoria County jail.



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