Ouachita Parish police found 98 pounds of marijuana in a California couple's gas tank after pulling them over to check seat belts.
Rosa Vega, 38, and Jose Hurtado, 56, of Paramount, Calif., were booked Sunday on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Vega and Hurtado were traveling with two small children in a 1991 Buick Riviera with a fiberglass false container in place of the gas tank.
"There was only about two gallons of gas in the tank itself, everything else was dope," said Lt. James Purvis, a spokesman for Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office. "They were having to stop about every 20 miles."
When authorities pulled the car over, Vega and Hurtado had conflicting stories about their destination. A police dog helped authorities discover the drugs, Purvis said.
The children are in custody of Child Protective Services.
Bond has been set for $50,000 each for Vega and Hurtado.
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