350 pounds of pot seized from septic truck, Fayette Co. authorities say

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The Fayette County Sheriff's Office said Thursday it seized 350 pounds of marijuana from a septic cleaning truck earlier this week on Interstate 10. - FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE/Austin American-Statesman/TNS

AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities earlier this week seized 350 pounds of marijuana from a septic truck during a traffic stop on Interstate 10, the Fayette County sheriff's office said Thursday.

A sheriff's office drug interdiction investigator pulled over the truck on the eastbound lanes of I-10 near Flatonia around 11 a.m. Tuesday for a traffic violation, Sheriff Keith Korenek said in a written statement.

According to the sheriff, the female driver did not have a driver’s license and her male passenger gave inconsistent answers to the investigator when asked about their travel plans.

After getting permission to search the vehicle, the investigator lifted the lid of the septic cleaning tank on the truck and found “multiple bundles which were wrapped in plastic cellophane, axle grease and tape consistent with illegal narcotics,” Korenek said. The bundles contained 350 pounds of marijuana, he said.

The driver, identified by authorities as 45-year-old Stephanie Navejar, and the passenger, 53-year-old Jorge Sanchez, both of Cotulla, were booked into the Dan R. Beck Justice Center on felony charges of marijuana possession.

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