SHERIFF'S OFFICE TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO LARGE MARIJUANA SEIZURE
The Tom Green County Sheriff's Office seized over 275 pounds of hydroponic marijuana after a deputy stopped a vehicle in Tom Green County.
On September 1, 2021, at approximately 11:05 PM, a Tom Green County deputy conducted a traffic stop of a 2018 Ford F250 for a traffic violation in the area of North Grape Creek Road and U.S. Highway 87. During the stop and subsequent interview with the driver, the deputy observed indicators of possible drug trafficking and requested a San Angelo Police Department Canine to assist. The police canine was deployed and made a positive alert on the vehicle, indicating the presence of narcotics. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered 197 vacuum-sealed packages of hydroponic marijuana concealed in the truck bed.
The driver, Benjamin Tritsch, 29, of Houston, was arrested and charged with Felony Delivery of Marijuana greater than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds. Tritsch was transported and booked into the Tom Green County Detention Center. The estimated street value of the drugs is approximately $1,626,000.00.