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Goliad Deputies Seize More Than 50 Pounds of Marijuana

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Goliad County Deputies seized more than 50 pounds of bundled marijuana hidden behind the back seat of a car that crashed in Berclair.

Deputies Michael Perez and Vernon Busby responded to US Highway 59 in Berclair after a driver lost control of a 2016 Ford Fusion and struck a utility pole.

As he investigated the crash, Deputy Perez observed that the rear car seat did not appear to be in its proper position. Upon further investigation, Perez located four bundles of marijuana hidden behind a compartment in the rear seat. The marijuana was wrapped in brown plastic and tape.

The total weight of the marijuana was 51.4 pounds.

The driver was identified as Eric Randu Benavides, 37, of Houston. He was arrested and booked into the Goliad County Jail on charges of Delivery of Marijuana. No bond has yet been set.

Further investigation revealed Benavides was also wanted on probation violation charges out of the state of Alabama.

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