Traffic stop in Jarrell yields more than 300 pounds of marijuana

JARRELL, Texas (KXAN) — A Williamson County Sheriff’s deputy who conducted a traffic stop along Interstate 35 in Jarrell on Wednesday morning discovered more than 300 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle.

According to authorities, when the deputy pulled over the Chevrolet van, he said he could smell the marijuana.

The driver, Alfredo Preciado-Salas, 50, and his brother, Aurtro Preciado, 60, both denied having drugs in the van.

The driver gave the deputy permission to search the van and in it he found several bricks of marijuana hidden in some metal shelving.

The vehicle was impounded and brought back to the Sheriff’s Office where a full search yielded 52 bricks of marijuana totaling close to 315 pounds, which has an estimated street value of $142,000.

Alfredo and Aurtro Preciado are currently in the Williamson County Jail, charged with possession of marijuana.

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