Dallas-bound marijuana worth more than $400,000 was seized Wednesday near Amarillo.
A Texas highway patrol trooper pulled over a car for a traffic violation about 11:40 a.m. in Donley County, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. In the trunk, the trooper found 67 pounds of marijuana in air-tight plastic bags.
The driver, Javarra Hodge, 31, of Waterloo, Ind., was arrested on a charge of felony possession of marijuana. The drugs were allegedly en route to Dallas from Oakland, Calif., the DPS said.
Several other vehicles have been stopped in the past week in the Panhandle carrying lots of marijuana, the DPS said. In three other stops, more than 300 pounds were seized from cars traveling long distances to Houston, Oklahoma City and Georgia. The occupants of each vehicle were arrested.
Also Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 354 pounds of marijuana that was hidden in PVC pipes concealed in the roof of a tractor-trailer in El Paso. The Border Patrol officers in El Paso also seized 125 pounds of marijuana, 96 pounds of liquid methamphetamine and 12.5 pounds of heroin Wednesday, authorities said.