888 pounds of drugs found in truck

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Forty-two bundles of marijuana worth a street value of approximately $375,000 were seized from a pickup following a high-speed chase south of Ramirez last Monday, according to official reports.

As Duval County Deputy Ramiro Perez Jr. approached a 1999 Ford F-250 registered in Roma, Texas, during a traffic stop, the driver sped away fast, reports say.

Going a high rate of speed, the driver crashed through a fence located off the west side of County Road 245, landing in a pond. The driver then fled on foot, records show.

Reports show Constable Ramiro Perez, father of Deputy Perez, who was in the vicinity during the chase, heard the vehicle pursuit over the radio, arrived at the scene and was the first to locate the vehicle. Other officers then arrived, attempted but were unable to find the driver.

Upon searching the pickup, packaged marijuana weighing a total of about 888 pounds was found concealed under plywood that was covered with rubber mats, secured with long spikes that been driven through the layers.

Bundles of marijuana were also found in the front and rear seats of the pickup, reports say.

Assisting in the seizure were agents of the U.S. Border Patrol, Crime Unit Task Force and Benavides Police Department.