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DPS seizes $746K of marijuana in Oldham County traffic stop

The Texas Department of Public Safety seized approximately $746,000 worth of marijuana after a traffic stop in Oldham County on Feb. 6. (Photo Courtesy: Texas Department of Public Safety)

The Texas Department of Public Safety seized approximately $746,000 worth of marijuana after a traffic stop in Oldham County on Feb. 6.

According to DPS officials, a DPS Trooper stopped a 2017 Nissan Sentra traveling east on I-40 near Vega for a traffic violation around 3:15 p.m.

The Trooper discovered multiple vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana in the vehicle, totaling 123 pounds.

Officials said the driver was identified as 19-year-old Joseph Villano-Salazar of Patterson, California. Villano-Salazar was traveling with a passenger, identified as 19-year-old Javier Garcia of Newman, California.

During the initial traffic stop, a 2014 Infiniti Q50 cut in front of the Nissan, attempting to distract the Trooper. The Infiniti Q50 ultimately fled the scene.

The driver of the Infiniti, 20-year-old Gabriel Aguilar of Newman, California, was later stopped by another Trooper and is accused of having knowledge of the marijuana.

Authorities said all three men were arrested and charged with felony of possession of marijuana and booked into the Oldham County jail.

The drugs were allegedly being transported from Newman to Houma, Louisiana.

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