Traffic stop for defective tail light leads to pair of drug arrests
A traffic stop about 2 p.m., Thursday, July 18, by Officer Brian Wright of the Center Police Department on a black Chevrolet Cruz for defective tail lamps resulted in the eventual arrest of two suspects on drug charges.
Officer Wright said he knew the driver to have an invalid driver's license from previous encounters. Upon speaking with the driver, Luis Argudo, a Hispanic male with a date of birth of Oct. 14, 1993, the officer developed reasonable suspicion that contraband was present in the vehicle.
Officer Wright requested a K-9 unit be deployed. Capt. Joey Hudnalll with the Tenaha Police Department arrived and prior to deploying the K-9, could himself detect the odor of marijuana in the vehicle.
The officers then conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and discovered about 18 ounces, or more than a pound, of what they believed to be high quality marijuana and six cartridges of THC, which was located in the trunk of the vehicle.
Argudo had a passenger with him, a Javier Gonzalez, Hispanic male with a date of birth of June 27, 1991.
Neither of them would claim ownership of the contraband and both were placed in custody. They were charged with delivery of marijuana for an amount greater than one-quarter ounce but less than five pounds, a state jail felony; and manufactory/delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 2, or 2A, greater than or equal to 4 grams but less than 400 grams, (F-1).