Pictured: Fourteen bundles of marijuana were discovered Friday afternoon after DPS officials stopped a Dodge Caravan because of a traffic violation. The 102 pounds of marijuana is estimated at more than $50,000. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Bundles were wrapped in Virgin Mary blanket

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

A traffic stop on U.S. Highway 281 near Ben Bolt led to the discovery of more than 100 pounds of marijuana stashed in tote bags and blankets, Department of Public Safety officials said.

The estimated value of the marijuana is about $51,000.

According to DPS officials, a woman driving a Dodge Caravan failed to indicate lane changes as she was travelling north on U.S. Highway 281 near Ben Bolt about 2 p.m. Friday.

Upon contact and questioning, a trooper found conflicting stories from the driver and passenger, who was a man, as to where they were heading.

The couple, whose names were not released, also had children in the mini-van.

"With consent to search, several bundles were located believed to contain marijuana," said a DPS trooper who did not want to be identified.

The vehicle and family were transported to the DPS office on Johnson Street.

DPS troopers searched the van and discovered six bundles of marijuana in the front of the van and eight more bundles in the back area of the van.

DPS officials weighed the 14 bundles at 102 pounds. Officials said the street value for each pound is $506.

The bundles were tightly wrapped in a red paper and clear cellophane.

The bundles were hidden in tote bags with clothing and one was wrapped with a Virgin Mary blanket.

As of late Friday, no arrests had been made and charges were pending, but the investigation was ongoing, DPS officials said.