Traffic stops lead to drug busts by DPS

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized 50 pounds of marijuana on Tuesday, April 4, after a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in Carson County.

At approximately 11:03 p.m., a DPS Trooper stopped a 2016 Mazda CX-5 traveling east on I-40 near Conway, for a traffic violation. A Gray County canine unit was called to the scene and alerted on the vehicle. The Trooper then discovered multiple vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana inside a speaker box in the vehicle. The marijuana is worth approximately $303,000.

The driver, Michael Pham, of Oakland, Calif., and passenger, Jimmy Wong, of San Francisco, were arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana. Pham, 26, and Wong, 25, were transported and booked into the Carson County jail.

The drugs were allegedly being transported from San Francisco to Memphis, Tenn.


DPS troopers seized over four pounds of heroin on Sunday, April 2, after a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in Carson County.

At approximately 2:19 p.m., a DPS Trooper stopped a 2014 Nissan Altima traveling east on I-40 near Conway, for a traffic violation. A DPS canine unit was called to the scene and alerted on the vehicle.

The Trooper then discovered two cellophane-wrapped packages of heroin inside the liner of a suitcase in the vehicle. The heroin is worth approximately $518,000.

The driver, Alexis De La Paz Ramirez, 19, of Perris, Calif., was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. De La Paz Ramirez was transported and booked into the Carson County jail.

The drugs were allegedly being transported from Fresno, Calif., to Charlotte, N.C.

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