Air freshener overload leads to pot bust

Published 1:44 pm Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Air freshener may mask some smells but it wasn’t enough to cover the smell of about 475 pounds of marijuana stuffed in duffle bags in the bed of a truck.

Jefferson County Sheriff deputies were working traffic on Interstate 10 west of Beaumont near Smith Road on Monday when they stopped a truck for a traffic violation. Deputies spoke with the driver, identified as Josue Zamarripa Jr., of Brownsville, who gave consent to search the vehicle. That’s when they noticed the strong smell of air freshener, which is sometimes used to cover the smell of drugs, according to a press release from Deputy Marcus McLellan.

During the search deputies found several duffle bags filled with approximately 475 pounds of marijuana.

Seized marijuana from a traffic stop. Courtesy photo

Seized marijuana from a traffic stop.
Courtesy photo

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The drugs were taken for evidence and deputies later learned the marijuana was destined for the Beaumont area.

Josue Zamarripa Jr.

Josue Zamarripa Jr.

Zamarripa was charged with possession of marijuana over 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds, which is a second-degree felony. He is currently out on a $50,000 bond.

McLellan said the bust was significant as is any amount taken off the streets.