TEMPLE — Two McAllen men were arrested Wednesday in Jarrell with 52 bricks of marijuana hidden in their 2005 Chevrolet van, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Fred Thomas said.
Deputies pulled the van over at 11:35 a.m. for a traffic violation in the 12300 block of Interstate 35. As a deputy walked up to the van to talk to the driver, he said he smelled marijuana.
The driver, Alfredo Preciado-Salas, 50, and his brother, 60-year-old Arturo Preciado, both denied having any drugs, but they gave the deputy permission to search the van.
The van had ladders on top of it, making it resemble a construction van. The interior also was filled with tools, along with metal bins used as shelves.
The deputies found several bricks of marijuana hidden in the racks underneath tools. Deputies took the van to the sheriff’s office, where another more thorough search was conducted.
That traffic stop netted 52 bricks of marijuana weighing a total of 314.6 pounds, Thomas said. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $142,000, he added.
The brothers were in Williamson County Jail on Friday, charged with possession of marijuana, more than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds. Bail for each was set at $75,000, according to jail records.
“We were able to get a lot of marijuana off the streets with that stop,” Thomas said. “The investigators are still working to discover where the marijuana delivery was headed.”