WAXAHACHIE — An Ellis County Grand Jury indicted two men Thursday for the possession of over 180 pounds of pot.
Brian Edward Galarza, 27, of Laredo, and Jose Alberto Hernandez-Morales, 25, of Austin, both were indicted on the charge of possession of marijuana after Red Oak Police stopped the vehicle Hernandez-Morales and Laredo were driving for multiple traffic violations.
The indictment stated that on Aug. 8 Galarza and Hernandez-Morales allegedly possessed marijuana greater than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds.
According to an Aug. 15 Daily Light article, the vehicle was stopped at 1:02 a.m. in the 500 block of N. Interstate Highway 35E. During the search of the car, police found 186.9 pounds of marijuana.
“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 previously. “During the traffic stop, Officer Determan deployed canine Wilson, which showed an indication of the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.”
Schroeder said canine officers Determan and Dustin Bragg conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located the marijuana inside the trunk.
According to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center, Hernandez-Morales remains in custody at the jail on a $500,000 bond and has a hold from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Galarza is no longer listed as an inmate in the jail.