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Agents recover 108 lbs of pot

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Special agents with the criminal investigations division of the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested a Mexican national and seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana this week.

Tuesday, agents were involved in a pursuit with a vehicle, driven by Pablo Jacobo Felix-Samaniego, 35, of Mexico.

The pursuit ended with agents seizing 25 pounds of marijuana and a floor scale from the fleeing vehicle.

According to reports, Felix-Samaniego has previously been deported to Mexico and is currently being held at the Hockley County Jail on state charges and a federal immigration detainer, pending federal charges.

His bonds for the state charges are $10,000 for delivery of marijuana between five and 50 pounds, $5,000 for tampering or fabricating physical evidence, $5,000 for evading arrest in a vehicle and $2,000 for evading arrest.

Additionally, agents executed a search warrant at a residence, located at 1618 Wilson Street around 12:35 a.m. Wednesday.

As a result of that search warrant, agents seized an additional 83 pounds of marijuana, a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine and a stolen semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle.

DPS representatives say paraphernalia located inside the residence was connected to the Mexican Cartel and West Texas Tangos gang.

According to reports, the house was unoccupied at the time the search warrant was executed and an investigation continues into the people who are associated with the house.

“This was the result of the cooperation and communication between local agencies, which culminated [Tuesday] afternoon,” Zach Nichols, an agent with DPS, told the News-Press Wednesday.

Texas DPS CID Special Agents assigned to the Texas Anti-Gang Center worked alongside the Levelland Police Department, Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office for the 286th Judicial District and Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office TAG investigators and SWAT in exploiting intelligence and investigative leads that led to these seizures, the representative said.

Read the full story in the weekend edition of the News-Press.

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