Early Morning Traffic Stop Leads to Arrests

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 04/07 2014 01:09PM

Updated 04/07 2014 05:08PM

AMARILLO -- Early Monday morning, Amarillo Police pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 400 block of N. Alabama.

As the officer approached, he saw the rear seat passenger pull his hands out of the pocket on the back of the seat in front of him.  When he made contact with the driver, a 16-year-old male, the officer could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. 

The officer searched the vehicle, and found 19 small bags of what is believed to be marijuana contained within a larger clear bag.  The bag was in the pocket on the back of the passenger side seat. 

The officer arrested Israel Garza, 20, because the officer saw Garza with his hand in the seat 

Garza was booked into the Potter County Detention Center on a charge of possession of marijuana greater than two but less than four ounces.  The front seat 17-year-old passenger was arrested for ten outstanding traffic warrants and booked into the Randall County Jail.  

The driver was issued a citation and released to a parent. 

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