K-9 officer finds 26 lbs. of pot in car near Calhoun – Monroe News Star
Suspects booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges on Dec. 7, 2017. Images from OCC booking website. Ashley Mott
Hector Cordero(Photo: OCC)
Two Florida men are facing multiple charges after 26 pounds of marijuana were found in a car they were traveling in on Interstate 20.
The pair was pulled over for a traffic stop after a state trooper near the Calhoun exit saw their vehicle slow and move across the white line. Per an arrest report, the driver’s side brake light was also out.
Following a traffic stop, Lidier Curbelo-Carballer, 34, Hialeah, was identified as the driver. He said he could not speak English well and provided the trooper with a Florida driver’s license. The driver said he was traveling back to Florida from a vacation in Dallas.
According to the report, the passenger in the vehicle, Hector Cordero Jr., 40, Miami, also told the trooper the pair were traveling from Dallas. Cordero said the vehicle belonged to a friend of his. He also told the trooper he did not remember the name of the driver.
Lidier Curbelo-Carballer, (Photo: OCC)
Cordero would not provide consent to search the vehicle, so a K-9 officer was used to find the marijuana.
During a probable cause search, troopers located the 26 pounds of marijuana in the rear seat and trunk area of the vehicle.
Curbelo-Carballer was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center Friday on charges of possession of schedule I marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and improper lane use. Bond was set at $50,150.
Cordero was booked on charges of