POSTED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 9:29am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TX (NEWSCENTER 23) — Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies found almost 4,000 pounds of marijuana in a cargo truck on Wednesday. Its value is about $4 million.
"Obviously a significant seizure, somebody got hurt over this," said Sheriff Lupe Trevino. "We believe this was eventually going to end up in the Northeast United States."
The pot was sealed in several diesel tanks; each with a 500 gallon capacity. The Sheriff's Office got a tip that a truck with out of state plates would have the illegal cargo. After it ran a stop sign at F.M. 490 and U.S. Highway 281, deputies pulled it over.
"The driver was not charged, we don't believe the driver had absolutely any knowledge whatsoever," Trevino said.
Whoever loaded up the tanks thought they could mask the smell of the nearly two tons of marijuana with just a few dryer sheets. The Sheriff said that wasn't nearly enough to get it past his dogs.
"Our smugglers are very innovative," Trevino said. "They try to do all sorts of things to hide the odor and the smell of the drugs they're trying to conceal... But believe me, you're not going to beat the dogs."
The two tons of weed was merely a fraction of the drugs stored at the Sheriff's Office facility. Trevino says he knows the value of the canines, and that's why he's planning to build a new dog kennel to house a planned total of ten dogs.
"They're worth their weight in gold," Trevino said. "We need to treat them as best as we can, because they're our partners."
The Sheriff's Department is trying to figure out the ringleader and who hired the driver.