SAN YSIDRO, CA - FEBRUARY 24: A drug-sniffing dog catches a scent in a door as a U.S. Customs inspector uses a "buster," which is a relative density meter, which indicates that the car's panels are filled with a substance inspectors believe to be marijuana at the San Ysidro Port of Entry February 24, 2003 in San Ysidro, California. A dog sniffed out the suspected load of marijuana as its driver waited in line to enter the U.S. from Mexico. The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the world's busiest land border crossing, with approximately 45 to 60,000 cars crossing daily. It is favored by many contraband smugglers because if its proximity to large California cities. On March 1, U.S. Customs will merge with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Recreational marijuana may be legal in 12 states, but Texas isn’t one of them. This bit of information may have gotten by a Houston driver caught with enough marijuana to stock a dispensary.
The ill-fated traffic stop occurred Monday on the Gulf Freeway after Harris County Deputy T. Brinkley clocked the motorist speeding. According to his report, Brinkley “smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside.” Although the driver refused to allow his car to be searched, a K-9 conducted what’s called “a free air sniff” outside of the vehicle, which give deputies probable cause to search it.
Inside, they found 150 pounds of weed, dozens of THC candies, a loaded 9mm handgun and a “large amount” of cash, according to Brinkley’s report. Needless to say, the driver was taken into custody and charges are pending.