BALLINGER - The Ballinger Police Department nabbed two more offenders early Monday morning seizing a record amount of THC from two individuals who were traveling from Colorado through Ballinger. Since mid-April, Ballinger police have seized drugs in various busts that have a street value of $400,000.

BALLINGER - The Ballinger Police Department nabbed two more offenders early Monday morning seizing a record amount of THC from two individuals who were traveling from Colorado through Ballinger. Since mid-April, Ballinger police have seized drugs in various busts that have a street value of $400,000.

In the past three weeks, eight individuals have been arrested and charged with possession of THC and marijuana in three separate busts that occurred in Runnels County.

According to Officer Suzanne Torres, Ballinger police stopped a vehicle at 12:45 a.m. Monday on South Highway 83 just outside the Ballinger city limits.

Torres said once the male driver rolled down the window, the immediate odor of marijuana came from the vehicle, giving officers probable cause to search the vehicle.

Torres said neither the driver or the female passenger would admit to being in possession of the items.

During the search, Officer Justin Amaro discovered a Yeti cooler and inside the cooler found 1,364.3 grams of THC and 13.2 ounces of marijuana.

“Sunday’s bust was a record amount (of THC),” said Ballinger Police Chief Stan Maresch.

Over the past two weeks, Ballinger Police have seized a total of 2,413.2 grams of THC. In addition, through April and May the BPD has seized 12.7 grams of Xanax; 8.1 grams of methamphetamine and approximately 34 ounces of marijuana.

“We have been very busy,” Torres said.

Maresch said that while the street value of all of the drugs varies - in Ballinger approximately $400,000 worth of drugs have been seized in the past few weeks.

In Monday's arrest, Christopher Hines, 31, and Taylor Stone, 28, both of San Antonio, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (penalty group 2) of 400 grams and over for the possession of THC - a first degree felony and possession of marijuana over four ounces under five pounds, a state jail felony. Both remained in custody Monday on bonds totaling $200,000 each.

Since April 20, eight individuals from San Antonio have been arrested in both Ballinger and Winters and all were charged with felony possession of THC products and possession of marijuana.

On April 22, Winters police arrested three individuals and seized 30 pounds of marijuana and 461 grams of THC oil. Those arrested included Jose D. Aguilar, 37, Raul Vargas, 28 and Ruby Macias, 25, all of San Antonio. Officials said the trio were traveling from Colorado back to San Antonio when they were stopped. All three were charged with possession of a controlled substance a first degree felony and possession of marijuana. The three were released on bonds totalling $25,000 each.

Just two days earlier Ballinger police arrested three individuals on Highway 83 and seized 620 grams of edible THC products along with just under five pounds of marijuana.Those arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana included Gabrielle A Burcaiga, 23, Antonio Morales, 43 and Ashley Medelez, 28, all of San Antonio. Bonds for all three were set at $100,000 each. Burcaiga and Morales were released on April 23 and Medelez posted bond on April 27.

All of the subjects were from San Antonio and all were reportedly in possession of products from Colorado.

“We are working together to get these drugs off the streets,” said Winters Police Chief Paula Geyer.

The THC oil products were professionally packaged, while the marijuana was found in bags.

Officer Torres said citizens need to be aware of the punishment range for the possession of the THC products including edibles are measured in grams. According to state law, possession of less than a gram is a state jail felony, possession of between one and four grams is a third degree felony; possession of between 4 and 400 grams is a second degree felony and possession of 400 grams and up is considered a first degree felony.