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3 Women Arrested By DPS On Marijuana Charges In Separate I-30 Traffic Stops

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Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers arrested three women on a misdemeanor marijuana charge each following three different Interstate 30 traffic stops Nov. 27.

Troopers stopped a Lexus ES 300 at 9:22 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 30 at mile marker 133 for following too closely behind a commercial vehicle hauling an over-sized load.

Upon contact with the driver, the trooper reported smelling a strong marijuana odor emitting from the car. The driver, a 50-year-old Dallas woman, hesitated when asked the last time she had smoked marijuana, then admitted to smoking a marijuana cigarette, the troopers alleged in arrest reports.

A probable cause search allegedly yielded less than 2 ounces of marijuana in her luggage bag, resulting in her arrest. The vehicle was impounded and the Dallas woman was jailed for possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana, according to arrest reports.

The Dallas woman remained in the county jail until Friday morning, Nov. 29. Her bond was set at $1,000 on the misdemeanor charge, according to jail reports.

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The second arrest, of a 25-year-old Dallas woman, followed a traffic stop at mile marker 134 on I-30 at 4:25 p.m. Nov. 27.

Troopers reported stopping the woman’s Toyota Camry after it passed him due to an exhaust pipe completely separated from the muffler and hanging under the passenger’s compartment of the car. The car stopped next to a guard rail, so the trooper asked the driver to pull up past it. When she did, the trooper reported hearing a loud exhaust on the car.

Upon contact with the driver through the passenger’s side of the Camry, the trooper alleged he immediately detect a marijuana odor. He advised the Dallas woman she would receive a warning for the exhaust issue, but asked her to step toward his vehicle.

When asked how much marijuana was in the vehicle, the 25-year-old allegedly claimed none, that her boyfriend had smoked marijuana in the vehicle an hour prior to the stop. The trooper, in arrest reports, alleged when the woman was told he’d be conducting a probable cause search of the car to check for marijuana, she admitted to having marijuana in her purse, which was on the passenger’s side floorboard. The trooper checked and reported the woman was true to her word; two bags of marijuana were found in her purse.

The woman was jailed for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana; the car was impounded, according to arrest reports. She was released from jail Thursday, Nov. 28, on $1,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.

The third arrest was of a 23-year-old Ladonia woman about 6:15 p.m. Nov. 27, on I-30 at mile marker 127. Troopers reported stopping a Dodge Avenger for a violation involving a high mount brake light.

On contact with the woman, a trooper alleged he could smell marijuana. He reportedly asked her to step out of the car and, while talking with him, the Ladonia woman admitted she’d smoked marijuana and having more of the substance under the driver’s seat. A probable cause search showed the woman to be truthful, resulting in her arrest for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, according to arrest reports.

She also was charged later with failure to report a change of address. She spent Wednesday night in jail and was released on $1,000 bond on the marijuana charge Thanksgiving Day, according to jail reports.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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