Traffic stop leads to pot bust
Published: Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
QCS Staff Suspicious activity by a driver at a Tucumcari truck stop led to the arrest of one man and the seizure of about 125 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday night, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Cpl. Darrick Shaw observed a male subject acting suspiciously at Love's Truck Stop, and he followed the man as he drove away on to I-40, the release said. When the driver committed several traffic infractions, Shaw stopped the vehicle, the release said. Then the driver ran into some fields across Route 66 and over a fence, the release said. Shaw gave chase and the suspect surrendered. Officer Rusty Shafer arrived and assisted Shaw in placing the suspect under investigative detention, the release said. When officers conducted an inventory of the suspect's abandoned vehicle, they discovered in the trunk a black duffel bag containing marijuana and two more bags containing marijuana, the release said. The man said his name was Sergio Diaz, but he did not have any identification on him, the release said. The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with distribution of marijuana, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and turning movements and required signals. The suspect was transported to the Quay County Detention Center and held on an $18,000 bond, awaiting arraignment in Magistrate Court, the release said.
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