Report: Gregg County traffic stop leads to discovery of more than 200 pounds of marijuana
From Staff Reports
Sept. 17, 2013 at 5:33 a.m.
A Laredo woman was held in the Gregg County Jail Tuesday charged with possession of more than $110,000 worth of marijuana.
Cynthia Elizabeth Palomo, 34, was booked into the jail about 2:40 a.m. after a DPS trooper discovered 221 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the 2013 Nissan Altima which was driven by Palomo, according to the arrest report.
The marijuana was divided into 11 bundles, the report said.
Palomo was arrested by trooper Benjamin Rolison during the traffic stop on Interstate 20 near mile marker 597 after he said she was driving in the left lane when not attempting to pass.
The arresting trooper reported a "strong odor of raw marijuana emitting from the inside of the vehicle," according to Palomo's arrest report.
DPS spokeswoman Jean Dark said it is not uncommon for large quantities of drugs to be seized on Texas highways.
"The troopers in East Texas regularly interdict narcotics on Texas roadways. Hundreds of pounds of drugs have been seized out of traffic stops," she said. "In many cases, information is not released to media due to on-going criminal investigations in which the integrity of the investigation could be compromised."
She was held Tuesday on $50,000 bond on a charge of possession of marijuana more than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds.