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10/27/03 - Smith County

Second Drug Bust On I-20 In One Week

A routine traffic stop turned into a major drug bust in Smith County. Constable Mark Waters stopped a suburban on I-20 in Smith County Sunday afternoon because the back license plate was obstructed. Waters searched the car and says he found 40 pounds of marijuana compressed and hidden in a compartment in the gas tank. The big giveaway, Constable Waters says, was the smell of gasoline inside and outside the vehicle. The driver, 22 year old Joshua Newman, was arrested and is now in the Smith County Jail. Police say Newman has no criminal record. Newman now faces two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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