Major pot bust in Rusk County

Released by The Rusk County Sherrif's Department:

RUSK CO., TX - On December 6, 2010, at approximately 10:00pm, the Rusk County Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy, Jason Smith seized 204.6 lbs of marijuana during a traffic stop.

Deputy Smith stopped a Lexus SUV, on Hwy 59 North, in the southeast region of Rusk County, after he noticed the SUV had a defective license plate lamp.

During the traffic stop he noticed several things indicative of criminal activity.

Deputy Smith asked the driver for consent to search the vehicle.  The driver denied the consent to search, but Deputy Smith utilized his certified narcotics dog, Caro, to do a "free air" sniff of the vehicle.

Caro alerted on the vehicle so Deputy Smith conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle based on the alert. Deputy Smith discovered two large duffle bags in the rear cargo area of the SUV.  Inside the bags were numerous bricks of marijuana.

Deputy Smith seized the marijuana and charged the suspect with Possession of Marijuana.

The total weight of the marijuana was 204.6 lbs, with an estimated street value of $100,000.

The suspect remains in Rusk County Jail awaiting arraignment.