ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A traffic stop by an Angelina County DPS trooper resulted in a felony drug arrest and the seizure of about 10 pounds of cocaine on Tuesday.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety press release, the seized cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $614,000.
Rodolfo Manjarrez-Hernandez, 25, of Houston, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance charge and a state-jail felony unlawful use of a criminal instrument charge. No bail amount has been set for his charges yet.
At about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a DPS trooper stopped a 2004 BMW passenger car for a traffic violation on U.S. Highway 59 near Burke, the press release stated. During the traffic stop, Manjarrez-Hernandez allegedly showed signs of criminal activity.
After a DPS K-9 unit was brought to the scene, the dog positively alerted on the BMW, the press release stated. A search of the car turned led to the discovery of a false compartment under the front passenger seat.
According to the press release, Manjerrez was traveling from Houston to Tennessee.
Manjarrez-Hernandez was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a criminal instrument for the false compartment.