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Marijuana seized during traffic stops

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, July 21, 2018
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LOT OF POT – A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper found 53 pounds of marijuana in an RV during a traffic stop earlier this week. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A pair of traffic stops within 24 hours resulted in the seizure of more than 100 pounds of marijuana this week.

Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper stopped an RV traveling south on U.S. 81/287 south of Decatur for several moving traffic violations, according to DPS spokesperson Ricky Hunter.

A K9 unit was called to assist and alerted to the odor of illegal substances in the vehicle. A search of the RV revealed 53.1 pounds of marijuana.

The driver, Dagoberto Cabrera, 53, of Homestead, Fla., was arrested for delivery of marijuana 50 to 2,000 pounds, a first degree felony offense.

Wise County Jail records indicate Cabrera was released after posting $35,000 bail.

Around 8:15 p.m. Monday, a deputy with the North Texas Sheriffs’ Criminal Interdiction Unit, which includes Wise County Sheriff’s Office deputies, noticed a passenger car southbound on U.S. 81/287 near the roadside park north of Decatur leave the roadway and then drive back onto the road.

The vehicle was stopped, and the driver, Calvin Charles Hightower, 72, of San Jose, Calif., admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle.

“He had two duffel bags full and a dog food bag in the back seat filled with marijuana – about 53 pounds,” Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said.

He was arrested for possession of marijuana 50 to 2,000 pounds. Jail records indicate he was released on Tuesday after posting $35,000 bail.

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