Pictured: A traffic stop on Highway 44 netted 1,124.75 pounds of marijuana in the bed of a pick-up truck Wednesday worth almost $900,000, police said. Pictured weighing in the 152 bundles of marijuana are Sgt. Albert Martinez, Sheriff's Deputy Orlando Vasquez, Sgt. J.R. Resendez and officer Michael Diaz. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER
Some 1,100 pounds confiscated; six arrested
Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal
A traffic stop by the task force Wednesday netted more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth almost $900,000 found in the bed of a truck , police said.
Six individuals were arrested, two were Mexican Nationals and four were from the Zapata area. Names of the individuals were not released Wednesday, pending charges.
"It's organized crime activity," said Police Chief Danny Bueno. "We will be seeing a lot more arrests by the end of the year. Our efforts have continued like in the past. We are keeping it from getting into our community. The investigators and the task force are doing a good job."
According to police, a Dodge Ram 3500 was traveling west on Highway 44 about 8 a.m. Wednesday when it was stopped for a traffic violation.
The task force team, which is made up of Jim Wells County deputies and Alice police officers, then pulled over two other vehicles, a Ford truck and a Tahoe, that were traveling together.
The task force discovered 152 bundles of marijuana with rubber mats over them hidden in the back of the truck and in the back seat of the truck. The bundles, wrapped in plastic, weighed 1,124.75 pounds with an estimated street value of $899,800, police said.
A small amount of heroin was also discovered in the search.
The tires on the vehicles were covered with red dirt, which police said signified that they were traveling through a lot of back roads.
Because of the amount of marijuana coming through town, the Dodge Ram 3500 was escorted to the police station by police and sheriff units.
Officers then weighed all the bundles, which weighed about eight pounds each and are currently being stored. The bundles will also be transported to a lab to be dusted for fingerprints, police said.
"Since we joined departments, all of the law enforcement in the county have been successful," Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez said. "We will continue to stay together…that's what made it a success - unity."