A large drug bust in Lubbock County takes more than 250-pounds of marijuana off the streets, and lands an Amarillo man behind bars. Edgar Gonzalez Holguin, 22 was in the Lubbock County Jail Monday night charged with possession between 50 and 2,000 pounds. That's a second degree felony, punishable by up to 20-years in prison.
Authorities arrested Holguin Sunday afternoon at the intersection of F.M. 1585 and U.S. Highway 62/82. Investigators tell NewsChannel 11 they found the marijuana in a hidden compartment in the back of a pick-up truck.
"It's just a chip off what goes on, and we know that there's quite a bit of drug trafficking that comes through this county," Major Don Carter with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office said.
Carter says major highways that run through Lubbock and the South Plains can serve as a gateway for drug traffickers.
"They're pretty much a corridor through the Panhandle," Carter said.
Sunday afternoon, authorities with the Lubbock County K-9 Unit discovered a stash of marijuana, hidden in a pick-up truck. They estimate that it's worth around $128,000. It all started with a traffic stop, but when deputies suspected drugs, they called in the dog.
"Dog alerted on the vehicle, when they actually searched the vehicle, they were able to determine there was 256 pounds, roughly, of marijuana that was hidden in a compartment of that pick-up," Carter said.
He says the K-9 unit is being used more and more to stop drug trafficking through the Hub City.
"They're a little more free to do their job now, and we hope to see more of this take place," Carter said.
Authorities say Holguin was eastbound on 62/82, and that he lives in Amarillo. They suspect that's where he was headed back to. They tell us a woman was also in the truck at the time of the arrest, but she is not charged in this case.
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