Sheriff's office seizes marijuana found in torque converters

April 27, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 26, 2011 at 11:27 p.m.

Deputies at the Victoria County Sheriff's Office arrested a Houston man Tuesday after after finding 20 pounds of marijuana hidden in his truck.

Jesus Mendez, 39, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, because of the amount discovered.

Deputies pulled over a speeding Chevrolet pickup going north on U.S. Highway 59 near Fox Road at 1:30 p.m., according to the arrest report.

They noticed several signs of criminal activity and gained consent to search the vehicle. A drug detection dog alerted deputies to the marijuana, which was inside two torque converters, according to the report.

Mendez told officers he was traveling from McAllen to Houston.

He also had two misdemeanor traffic warrants.

Mendez was in the Victoria County Jail Wednesday night in lieu of a $25,000 bond.



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