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Dangerously mellow suspect taken off the streets

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San Marcos police officers conducting a traffic stop led to the discovery of more than two pounds of marijuana, the seizure of $15,532 in cash, and the arrest of a 21-year-old Houston man Friday night.

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Arrested for possession of marijuana under five pounds, a state jail felony, was Manuel Rodriguez, 21, (DOB 12/12/1986). He was jailed at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center and released Saturday after posting bond of $15,000.

Officer Clint Williams and Officer Jason Cormier stopped a 1997 Honda around 10 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2007 when the driver ran a stop sign at North LBJ and Nichols Street.

During the traffic stop, officers could distinctly smell a strong odor of marijuana. A SMPD police K-9 unit was called to the scene and the police canine also indicated the presence of an illegal substance in the vehicle. Officers found two backpacks in the car containing packages of marijuana and $15,532 in cash.

Rodriguez, who was alone in the vehicle, was arrested at the scene. His last known address was in Houston, police said. Officer Cormier is a four-year veteran of the San Marcos Police Department. Officer Williams started at SMPD in October and is currently in field training.

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