RED OAK – A vehicle stopped by Red Oak Police for multiple traffic violations led to the seizure of 186.9 pounds of marijuana.
The vehicle was stopped Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 1:02 a.m. in the 500 block of N. Interstate Highway 35E.
“Officer (John) Determan made contact with the driver and detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle,” Red Oak Police Department Lt. Marc Schroeder said. “During the traffic stop, Officer Determan deployed canine Wilson, which showed an indication of the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.”
Schroeder said Determan and Officer Dustin Bragg conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located the marijuana inside the trunk.
Determan and Wilson were partnered together around the end of April after the pair became the second ROPD K9 unit after being certified in the middle of May.
Schroeder stated the officers continued their investigation and subsequently placed the driver and passenger under arrest. Both were taken to the Red Oak City Jail without incident.
The driver was identified as Brian Edward Galarza, 27, of Laredo. The passenger was identified as Jose Alberto Hernandez-Morales, 25, of Austin. They were transferred to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie on Wednesday.
According to online records from the detention center, Galarza was booked in at 3:17 a.m. and Hernandez-Morales was booked in at 6:43 a.m.
Galarza and Hernandez-Morales have both been charged with possession of marijuana greater than 50 pounds but less than to 2,000 pounds. In addition to the charge, Hernandez-Morales has a hold from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As of Noon Friday Galarza and Hernandez-Morales remained in custody at the detention center, each with a $500,000 bond.
*A portion of this article was first reported in the Daily Light on July 12.