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Trooper finds 25 pounds of marijuana during I-20 traffic stop

From Staff Reports
Sept. 20, 2012 at 5:34 a.m.


A Louisiana man was arrested Wednesday after officials said they found 25 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 20.

Brian Mitchell, 34, was stopped by Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Brandon Smith at about 9:30 p.m. near Texas 42, DPS Sgt. Bruce Dalme said.

According to arrest reports, Smith stopped Mitchell for trailing a vehicle too close and noticed that "he showed signs of nervousness."

After Mitchell refused a search, DPS brought a K9 unit that indicated there were drugs in the trunk.  A brown box with 25 pounds of marijuana was found in Mitchell's trunk, according to his arrest affidavit.

Mitchell was taken to the Gregg County Jail but was released Wednesday on a $10,000 bond.

He was charged with possession of between five and 50 pounds of marijuana.

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