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DPS jails two, finds marijuana worth $90,000
By Mari Maladonado
PECOS, Oct. 30, 1995 - A courtesy stop by one Department of
Public safety officer, and a traffic violation check by a
second, resulted in the arrest of two men and the seizure of
almost 90 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about
$90,000 in separate weekend incidents.
Marco Tarango, 34, of Artesia, N.M., was arrested after
local DPS Sergeant Tracy Murphree attempted to help him
Friday afternoon as his 1974 GMC van was spotted parked on
the side of the road near mile post 406 on Texas Highway 17,
about five miles south of Toyahvale in Jeff Davis Country.
A black duffle bag in the back seat was searched by Murphree
when he discovered Tarango had been transporting 50 pounds
of marijuana. The confiscated load's street value is
$50,000, Murphree said.
He added that Tarango also had an outstanding warrant out of
Andrews County for bond forfeiture on an original charge of
Tarango is currently being held in the Presidio County Jail
in Marfa. A Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office representative
stated he was arraigned Friday, with a $5,000 bond set by
Jeff Davis County Justice of the Peace George Vickers.
Saturday, about 6:30 p.m., Monahans DPS Trooper Shannon Gray
pulled over a motorist for not wearing a seat belt on
Interstate 20, and ended up seizing about 40 pounds of
marijuana, with the assistance of local canine unit out of
the Pecos DPS office and handler Trooper Burleigh Locklar,
Jaime Sanchez Valenzuela, 25, of Ojinaga, Mex., was arrested
at the scene after the illegal cargo was found in two hidden
compartments built underneath the two front seats.
Murphree reported that the stop took place at mile marker 78
on I-20, on the eastern edge of Monahans, as Valenzuela was
traveling eastbound in a 1974 GMC Jimmy.
Valenzula is under a hold requested by the U.S. Border
Patrol at the Ward County on two separate $10,000 bonds. He
was arraigned by Ward County Judge Sam Massey.
Murphree stated that the all of the confiscated loads will
be sent to a Midland lab for analysis.
Monahans, Canyon earn trips to Austin
By Rosie Florez
PECOS, Oct. 30, 1995 - The Pecos Eagles Marching Band gave
their best performance of the year this past weekend at the
University Interscholastic League's Regional Marching
Contest in Lubbock, according to band director Steven Clary.
"We won't be advancing, but the band did really great," said
Monahans High School and Canyon High School were the two
Class 4A bands who won the right to advance to the UIL State
Marching Contest in Austin on Nov. 6.
Two winners each for Class 4A, 2A and Class A advanced to
the state competition from Saturday's event at Jones Stadium.
"We came in 10th, despite the fact that the band performed
really well, " said Clary. "There was a lot of good
A total of 12 bands were competing for the two Class 4A
The PHS Band had performed in Odessa the previous weekend,
netting a Division I before advancing to the regional
competition. Monahans and Fort Stockton also advancing to
Lubbock from Odessa.
"It was really tough competition and I think the band
students learned a lot from this trip, it was really good
experience," said Clary.
The band will be practicing in anticipation of concert an
sight reading contest set for April. "That's what we'll be
working on right now, getting ready for that," he added.
Along with Pecos, Fort Stocton and Monahans, the other Class
4A competitors from the Permain basin area were Snyder High
School and Lamesa High School.
Stanton High School was only other school competing from the
Permain Basin area to place at Lubbock. It earned runner-up
honors (third place) in 2A.
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