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I-55 traffic stop leads to 23-pound pot bust

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Eliseo Ruiz Jr., 31, of Edinburg, Texas (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Department) Eliseo Ruiz Jr., 31, of Edinburg, Texas (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Department)
Hinds County Sheriff's deputies found 23 pounds of marijuana in the dashboard of a vehicle. (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Department) Hinds County Sheriff's deputies found 23 pounds of marijuana in the dashboard of a vehicle. (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Department)
HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A traffic stop on Interstate 55 in Hinds County Tuesday led to the arrest of a Texas man and the seizure of 23 pounds of marijuana.

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department says deputies stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier on I-55 northbound near mile marker 83.

During an exterior search of the vehicle, a K-9 unit alerted deputies to the odor narcotics. A more detailed search led to the discovery of 11 bundles of marijuana wrapped in tape in the vehicle's dashboard.

Eliseo Ruiz Jr., 31, of Edinburg, Texas, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

According to the sheriff's department, the marijuana has a street value of $30,000.

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