A traffic stop for tailgating west of Bangs Wednesday afternoon led to the seizure of a small amount of marijuana and numerous packages of edibles laced with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. A 21-year-old Georgetown college student was arrested, sheriff's investigator Robert Ramirez said.
    Deputies seized 25 items of evidence that were bought legally in Colorado, but are illegal in Texas, Ramirez said.
    Ramirez identified the man he arrested as Monroe Luther, who was a passenger in a 2016 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by his brother. Luther has a Colorado driver’s license but said he was traveling to Georgetown from Earth, a small town north of Lubbock, Ramirez said. He said Luther made statements implicating himself, and the brother was not charged.
    Luther had not been booked into the Brown County Jail as of late Wednesday afternoon. Ramirez said Luther will face a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance related to the candies, gummies and other THC-laced edibles, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of 2.2 ounces of marijuana.
   Ramirez said he was assigned to work interdiction and was parked on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 67 west of Bangs, facing west, and watching traffic. The Toyota pickup drove by on the other side of the highway around 1:30 p.m., heading east. Ramirez said he saw the pickup’s driver snap his head to look at him, and that got his attention.
    Ramirez watched as the pickup drove up on another vehicle and followed it too closely, prompting Ramirez to drive after the pickup and make a traffic stop.
    Ramirez said he smelled the odor of marijuana as he approached the pickup, and Luther — seated on the passenger’s side — began breathing rapidly from nervousness. Ramirez said he told Luther to relax, and told Luther and his brother that the marijuana odor gave him probable cause for a search.
    Luther surrendered some of the marijuana, and Ramirez found the other items while searching the pickup.
    Ramirez said he suspects the items were intended for distribution, although Luther insisted they were not.
    “That’s a heck of a lick, bro,” Brownwood narcotics detective Aaron Taylor told Ramirez in a sheriff’s office conference room, where Ramirez and deputy Scotty Burke inventoried and logged the items.
    Sheriff Vance Hill said deputies have made previous traffic stops and seized candies and other THC-laced items — often from Colorado or California — but the amount seized Wednesday was unusually high.
    “We find a lot of product in candy form. It’s rare to find that amount,” Hill said.