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Walnut Grove man arrested on felony drug, weapon charges in Texas

About 35 pounds of mairjuana was found in Donnie Yingling’s vehicle.
About 35 pounds of mairjuana was found in Donnie Yingling’s vehicle. Potter County Sheriff’s Office

Potter County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Walnut Grove man with four outstanding warrants after he was found transporting a large amount of marijuana through the Texas Panhandle.

Donnie Yingling Jr., 47, was pulled over on Interstate 40 about 9:43 p.m. Tuesday for having a defective tag light, according to a Potter County Sheriff’s Office news release. The deputy approached Yingling’s car to the pungent odor of marijuana, of which Yingling admitted to having a large amount.

Authorities found about 35 pounds of marijuana after searching the vehicle as well as two bags of heroin, one bag of methamphetamine and a loaded, illegal shotgun.

Yingling was arrested on charges of possession of more than five pounds of marijuana, owning a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

He had outstanding warrants connected to his arrest in the Bay Area in August on charges of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, dealing firearms without a license, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession with intent to sell/distribute a controlled substance.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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