Apr 17,2007 00:00
Texas troopers seized nearly four-and-a-half tons of marijuana last week after stopping a tanker truck in Jim Hogg County for a traffic violation. Packed in 864 bundles, the 8,932 pounds of marijuana is valued at $4.5 million, authorities reported.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) news release, investigators believe the vehicle was traveling from Starr County, with Houston as a possible destination.
The truck, bearing fictitious markings, was stopped heading eastbound at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon on Highway 285, about three miles east of Hebbronville.
Investigators believe the vehicle was traveling from Starr County and was possibly destined for Houston.
Troopers took a La Joya man into custody, and he now faces federal drug charges. The investigation is ongoing, the DPS public information office reported.
This is only the second largest marijuana seizure by DPS during a routine traffic stop since 1997.