JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Texas man is behind bars in Jones County after a traffic stop led authorities to more than 50 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
On Monday, Jones County deputies arrested Hugo Garcia, 43, of Houston, Texas, after a traffic stop in the Western part of Jones County. Garcia was driving a white pick-up truck at the time.
According to Jones County officials, the vehicle was searched and compressed marijuana was uncovered in the bed of the truck.
The street value of marijuana is estimated between $90,000-$180,000.
"As of today, in Jones County, Mississippi, marijuana is illegal," Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge said. "We have successfully removed a large supply of that illegal drug before it reaches the innocent hands of our children, or our neighbors. It's a daily fight, but we are committed to that fight and to uphold our laws."
Garcia appeared in Jones County Justice Court before Judge Howell Beech Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.His bond was set at $50,000.