Garza County deputy finds 115 lbs. of pot in traffic stop - FOX34 Lubbock

Garza County deputy finds 115 lbs. of pot in traffic stop

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Garza County Sheriff Terry Morgan reported on his Facebook page that one of his deputies, Travis Johnson, seized 115 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Post.

Morgan says the street value of the load is close to $700,000, and it's the biggest load of drugs that a deputy has gotten since he took office in 2013.

Deputy Johnson made two arrests. Their identities have not been released.

More details from Garza County expected soon.





Deputy Johnson reported a maroon Lexus traveling more than 10 MPH over the posted speed limit.

Johnson stated he pulled the car over near south Broadway Street and east 4th Street and identified the diver as 31-year-old Homero Garcia Rodriguez.

The deputy reported Garcia-Rodriguez's hands were shaking and had heavy breathing during the stop. Documents indicate the driver said he was from Oakland, California and was headed to Houston.

After running the driver's plates, Deputy Johnson says he could see a blanket covering something in the back seat, when Garcia Rodriguez said his passenger, identified as 24-year-old Yovani Zaragoza-Mendoza, was moving.

The deputy indicates both of the passengers stepped out of the vehicle for a consent search.

Deputy Johnson reports he found a large black duffle bag with several vacuumed sealed packages marijuana in the backseat under the blanket.

Documents indicate the passengers were placed under arrest for possession of marijuana.

after continuing to search, the deputy reported two large blue duffle bags were located with several vacuumed sealed packages of more suspected marijuana.

No other illegal contraband was located in the vehicle.

According to police, the black bag contained 36.33 pounds of marijuana, and the two blue duffle bags contained 36 vacuumed sealed packages for a total of 72 pounds of marijuana.

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