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Texas Man Arrested On Interstate 40, Found With 42.2 Pounds Of Marijuana

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Jun 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:09:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Texas man has been arrested after police found 42.2 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

Officers said 39-year-old Mario Reyes Garza was stopped on Interstate 40 near Bellevue Thursday afternoon for following another car too closely.

The police officer who made the stop said Garza and a female friend gave conflicting stories about their relationship and travel plans. Garza granted the officer permission to check the vehicle, which is when the 31 shrink-wrapped packages of marijuana were found.

Garza, from Lubbock, Texas, told police he was taking the marijuana to Kentucky where he would have made $3,000.

Authorities said Garza told them, “Times are tough, and I was trying to make money.”

He was charged with possessing marijuana for resale and taken into custody. Garza was being held in lieu of an $11,000 bond.

Police said Garza’s female friend was not charged.