Two arrested after 680 pounds of pot found during traffic stop

July 9, 2012 at 2:09 a.m.
Updated July 10, 2012 at 2:10 a.m.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers seized 680 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Friday.

The bust occurred about 12:30 p.m. when a 2000 Ford Excursion was stopped on suspicion of several traffic violations. It was traveling north on U.S. Highway 77 near Warburton Road, according to a DPS news release.

While interviewing the driver and passenger, the trooper said he observed several indicators of criminal activity. A consent to search the vehicles, including a 2004 Pioneer travel trailer, was obtained, according to the news release.

Troopers discovered 258 bundles of marijuana in a false compartment inside the roof of the travel trailer. The marijuana has a street value of $374,680, said DPS spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant.

Jose Guadalupe Ramos, 35, and Ruby Ann Ochoa, 34, both from Mission, were arrested and charged with second degree felony possession of a controlled substance.

Both remain in the Victoria County Jail. Their bonds have been set at $25,000 each.

Three children in the vehicle were released to a family member.

The marijuana was going from Mission to Atlanta, Ga., according to the news release.



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