350 pounds of marijuana seized in Orange County

350 pounds of marijuana seized in Orange County

Breaking news from the Orange County Sheriff's Office:

Deputies seized close to 350 pounds of marijuana after a high-speed pursuit, the Orange County Sheriff's Office reports.

On Wednesday, May 28, at about 12:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies were eastbound on Interstate 10 near Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Orange when they observed a black passenger van also traveling eastbound.  The driver of the van failed to signal a lane change and abruptly exited the Interstate near Adams Bayou.  The Deputies activated their emergency lights and siren behind the van, but the driver accelerated and reached a speed of about 90 mph while on the eastbound service road.  The van then proceeded onto North 16th Street, next turning westbound on the Interstate 10 service road.  The driver of the van continued without stopping and entered Interstate 10 westbound traveling at speeds near 115 mph.  As the van approached the area of Interstate 10 at the Womack overpass, other deputies were arriving in the area ahead of the van.  As the suspect driver observed the deputies ahead, he pulled the van over on Interstate 10 at the Highway 62 exit.

The driver was the lone occupant in the vehicle and was taken into custody for Evading Arrest.  Once the suspect was detained, approximately 350 pounds of marijuana was found in the back of the passenger van wrapped in black garbage bags, several layers of plastic wrap, packaging tape, and aluminum foil.  The suspect was later identified as 30-year-old Luis Cendejas of Fort Pierce, Florida.  Cendejas was taken to the Orange County Jail where he was booked for Evading Arrest, a State Jail Felony, and Possession of Marijuana, a 2nd Degree Felony. 

Cendejas remained in custody awaiting arraignment as of May 28 at 4 p.m.