Over $1.3 Million in Marijuana Intercepted by Cameron Co. Sheriff's Deputies

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 9:00am

Millions of dollars worth of marijuana was seized long before ever reaching it's target destination.

News Center 23 reporter Na'Tassia Finley has more on how the Cameron County Sheriff's Office intercepted the drug load.

Cameron County Sheriff's Deputies working off of a tip were able to confiscate over 17-hundred pounds of marijuana that was en route to the Northern part of the U.S.

The tip lead them to stake out 77 North for the trailer that was hauling the large amount of drugs, on October 18th.

Once the trailer was spotted, authorities pulled over the 18 wheeler and conducted an open air search with K-9 dogs who alerted deputies to the drugs.

The driver gave consent to search his rig and that's when the marijuana was discovered.

The man behind the wheel claimed he wasn't aware the drugs were hidden among the freight he was hauling. At this point he hasn't been arrested, but arrests are on the horizon according to investigators.

"They have a person of interest and they're working on it, sometimes it takes a while to really execute anything like that for the simple reason that there are other people involved." said Cameron County Sheriff, Omar Lucio.

Law enforcement believes these drugs are connected to a much larger drug trafficking organization, and rather than making only a few arrests, they're trying to figure out all the players involved, in order to make multiple arrests and hopefully dismantle the drug ring.

The drugs seized carry a street value of $1.3 million.

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