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THE NOSE KNOWS…
A Laredo man was taken into custody last week after a routine traffic stop revealed over 50 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
Encinal police say that officers effected a traffic stop on the driver of a Toyota Rav-4 sport utility vehicle on IH-35 near Milemarker 40 on Thursday, August 31, for a number of moving violations.
The suspect, 35-year-old Rene Ramirez of Laredo, began to act “suspicious and nervous” during the roadside interview, the officer noted in his report.
Encinal drug-detecting canine Odin alerted law enforcement to the possible presence of narcotics in the Toyota.
It was when Odin alerted officers to the contraband that the man attempted to evade arrest by fleeing on foot. His attempts were unsuccessful, however, and he was captured and handcuffed.
Police say a search of the vehicle revealed 52 pounds of marijuana in a black suitcase and a gray tote.
“The tote was taped shut and both bags were found in the rear hatch,” the officer noted in the report filed at the Encinal Police Department.
The suspect was transported to the La Salle County Jail without further incident and faces a felony narcotics possession charge.