FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas -- Authorities in Fayette County have arrested a man after finding a large amount of marijuana in his truck during a traffic stop.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says Rafael Salinas, 41, was charged with possession of marijuana 50 pounds to 2,000 pounds. He was booked into the Fayette County Jail.
Narcotics Deputy Randy Thurmann and his canine partner Lobos found about 1,600 pounds of the illegal drug in Salinas' truck during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Fayette County. The amount of marijuana has a street value of about $800,000.
Deputy Thurmann says he saw many suspicious bundles in the bed of the truck, so he released Lobos to investigate. They also found more bundles inside the cab of the truck.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says the traffic stop bust is one of the largest ever made in the county's history.