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Traffic stop uncovers more than 1100 pounds of pot

Manuel DeJesus Garrido. Photo Source: Smith County Manuel DeJesus Garrido. Photo Source: Smith County
Jonathan Gonzales Flores. Photo Source: Smith County Jonathan Gonzales Flores. Photo Source: Smith County

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Around 4 a.m. Thursday, Smith County sheriff's deputies pulled over a speeding 18-wheeler along I-20, near 271.

According to the Smith County Sheriff's Department, deputies called in a drug dog when the driver of the vehicle began acting strange and did not want them to search the truck.

Authorities searched the vehicle. Mixed in with electronic equipment, they found 1,100 pounds of marijuana.

Authorities believe the truck may have been on its way from California to Georgia.

"This of course is just a small amount of what's traveling down that interstate and coming up 69 and all the other tentacles in Smith County, but it's all headed east," explained Smith County Sheriff, J.B. Smith. "The further east you go the higher the price of the marijuana."

The driver and passenger were both Hispanic and indicated they did not speak English. Authorities say the driver was licensed to drive 18-wheelers.

Smith County authorities are working with the Drug Enforcement Agency on the investigation, and say they believe other vehicles may be involved.

Jonathan Gonzales Flores, 32, and Manuel DeJesus Garrido, 55, were arrested and taken to the Smith County Jail.

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