Traffic stop nets arrest, cash and truck seizures


Sheriff David Greene (L), Deputy John Mendoza, display $8,000 in cash seized in Milano stop. 
Photo courtesy Milam County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff David Greene (L), Deputy John Mendoza, display $8,000 in cash seized in Milano stop. Photo courtesy Milam County Sheriff’s Department A traffic stop for speeding in Milano Friday afternoon led to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge being filed against a Dayton man and the seizure of cash and a vehicle.

Deputy John Mendoza made the stop, then arrested Russell Ray Romero. “He was acting nervous and later admitted to having marijuana in his truck,” Chief Deputy Chris White said.

White said when Mendoza was unable to explain why he was carrying $8,000 in cash, the sheriff’s department decided to file an affidavit with the prosecutor’s office to seize the cash and the vehicle, a 2002 GMC Sierra pickup.

Ramiro was released after posting $1,500 bond.

CALLS—Sheriff Greene said other calls during the past week included:

March 20—Tree blocking roadway, US 77; alarm detected, CR 343, Gause area; 911 hang up, CR 342, Milano area; tree limbs, CR 421, Davilla area; tree blocking roadway, FM 2095; alarm detected, CR 315, Rockdale area; information, Lott; request to speak to deputy, College Lane; request to speak to deputy, FM 1600; request to speak to chief deputy, CR 443, Thorndale area; civil matter, South 7th Street, Milano; suspicious activity, CR 352, Gause area; shots heard, Rockdale West.

March 21—Shots heard, CR 318; threats, Milano High School; alarm detected, CR 355 Loop, Gause area; request to speak to deputy, CR 418A; abandoned vehicle, US 190, Pettibone area.

Thursday—Welfare check, Perry Lane, Thorndale area; animal nuisance, CR 455, Thorndale area; verbal abuse, FM 486, north of Rockdale; medical call, FM 487, north of Davilla; complaint, CR 458A; verbal dispute, East Avenue D, Milano; family matter, Holly Drive, Rockdale area.

Friday—Horse welfare, FM 487, north of Rockdale; close patrol, US 77, north of Rockdale; traffic stop-arrest, TX 36, north of Milano; 911 hang up, Wood Road, Minerva area; welfare check, FM 487, north of Rockdale; medical alarm, Floyd Street, Rockdale area; vandalism, Jessie Street; information, Plum Street, Gause.

Saturday—Burglary of habitation, CR 355; funeral escort, FM 2095, Gause area; assist Cameron Police Department, East 8th Street, Cameron; information, CR 215; civil matter, Rockdale; assault, FM 487, Rockdale area; suspicious activity, FM 487, Sharp area; assist other agency, CR 308A, Rockdale area.

Sunday—Suicidal subject, Wood Road; Minerva area; vehicle in ditch, CR 445; mail box vandalism, CR 422, Davilla area; close patrol, FM 1712; Rockdale area; other, FM 1712, Rockdale area; FM 908, south of Rockdale; close patrol, CR 353, Gause area; shots heard, FM 487, north of Thorndale; medical alarm, CR 420.

Monday—Trespassing, CR 380, Milano area; suspicious activity, Cypress Trail Loop, Rockdale area; civil matter, US 77, south of Minerva; welfare check, CR 422, San Gabriel area; disturbance, CR 410, Buckholts; suspicious vehicle, CR 306, Rockdale area.

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