Monday traffic stop nets 128 pounds of marijuana

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DPS Troopers Chad Hardin and Greg Sullivan, and drug detection dog Zikra, with 128 pounds of marijuana discovered during a Monday traffic stop in Bellevue.

DPS Troopers Chad Hardin and Greg Sullivan, and drug detection dog Zikra, with 128 pounds of marijuana discovered during a Monday traffic stop in Bellevue.

A 63-year-old California woman was arrested Monday morning after 128 pounds of marijuana were discovered in her vehicle.

DPS Trooper Chad Hardin made the arrest after stopping Linda Sue Caldwell of Acata, Calif., for speeding at 10:20 a.m. Monday. Caldwell was traveling south to Dallas on Hwy. 287 in a 2003 Cadillac Deville. Caldwell was driving 60 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.

Hardin said Caldwell denied consent to search the vehicle. A DPS K-9 unit was called to the scene, and the dog alerted officers to drugs in the vehicle.

The high-grade marijuana was located in the backseat of the vehicle, sealed in vacuum-packed plastic bags. Caldwell had hidden the marijuana from plain sight by covering the bags with a reflective windshield sunshade.

Street value of the marijuana is estimated to be $595,200.

Caldwell is charged with possession of marijuana in an amount of more than 50, less than 200 pounds. Bond has been set at $60,000.

Monday’s bust is the second in a month to net more than 100 pounds of marijuana. On Feb. 6, 125 pounds of marijuana and 82.6 grams of hashish were discovered in a vehicle on Hwy. 287 near New London Road.

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