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GARZA COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety arrested two men on Highway 84 in Garza County after a K-9 unit alerted them to 85 pounds of marijuana.
Around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, a trooper stopped a gray 2015 Honda Civic passenger car for a traffic violation near mile marker 346.
According to the DPS report, the K-9 unit was called after the driver denied consent to search the vehicle upon the DPS trooper spotting “indicators of criminal activity.”
The K-9 until alerted to the smell of narcotics. With probable cause established, the vehicle was searched, and troopers found “85 pounds of high-grade marijuana and a firearm.”
The driver was identified as Bradley Bowden, of Utah, and the passenger was identified as Sebastian Fernandez. Bowden was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 50 pounds, but less than 2000 pounds. Fernandez was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 50 pounds, but less that 2000 pounds and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.
Both Bowden and Fernandez were booked into the Garza County Jail without incident.