Police: Man stashed 28 lbs. of marijuana in van

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 7:26pm

EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — A 21-year-old Juarez man was placed behind bars after investigators said he had stashed 28 pounds of marijuana in a blue van outside a home on Alameda.

A task force arived at the residence to investigate Ismael Martinez, and later found 25 bundles of marijuana. He was charged with drug possession.

The West Texas HIDTA Source City Metro Narcotics Task Force unit would like to remind the public of possible indicators
1) Rental homes
2) Attached garages
3) Unkept Yards
4) Little or no any furniture
5) Occupants keep to themselves (not visible on a daily basis)
6) Occupants will not hold a normal pattern of lifestyle
7) Different vehicles (especially vans and pickup trucks) entering and exiting the garage
8) Vehicles arriving at the stash house will have different out of state plates (Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, and paper
"buyer" or "dealer")
9) Sudden activity in the home after days or weeks of not seeing anyone at the home
10)Accumulation of advertisements on the front door
11)Occupants do not usually put their trash out for regular collection, but instead prefer to dump it at another location
These again are some of the typical indicators of a stash house, and these indicators alone do not necessarily mean that the
occupants of the home are running a stash house. As a general rule if residents believe there is suspicious activity in a home in their
area they should call the West Texas HIDTA Source City Metro Task Force at 629-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 566-8477(TIPS).


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