RUSK COUNTY, TX (KSLA) –A Rusk County Sheriff's deputy and his K-9 partner recover more than 200 lbs. of marijuana during a traffic stop.
According to deputies, a deputy stopped a Lexus SUV on Hwy. 59 North in Rusk County after noticing a defective license plate lamp. During that stop, authorities said the deputy noticed several other suspicious circumstances which led him to ask the driver for consent to search the vehicle.
The driver denied the consent to search, but authorities say the Deputy then utilized his certified narcotics dog, Caro, to do a "free air" sniff of the vehicle.
Caro reportedly alerted on the vehicle so the Deputy conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle based on the alert and that's when two large duffle bags were discovered in the back of the SUV. Inside those bags, were reportedly numerous bricks of marijuana.
The drugs were seized and the suspected driver was arrested and now faces a possession of marijuana charge.
The seized drugs, Rusk County authorities say weighed 204.6lbs., with an estimated street value of at least $100,000.