On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at approximately 3:45 PM, a Deputy in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck in the Interstate 45 main lanes, near Lake Woodlands Drive. During the traffic stop, a Special Investigations Unit canine was deployed on the vehicle which resulted with a positive alert. A search of the vehicle was conducted and approximately 600 pounds of marijuana was located in the bed of the pickup truck. The street value of the marijuana was estimated at $360,000. The driver was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, 2nd degree felony.
Arrested was Joel Blanco, 31, of 40 Soren Lane in Houston. He is now in the Montgomery County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana less than 2,000 pounds but more than 500 pounds. His bond has been set at $100,000. However, even if he were to make bond, INS has a hold on him and he would be released into their custody.