More than $500,000 of marijuana was destroyed Wednesday morning in an undisclosed area in the Rio Grande Vally after deputies escorted the drugs to a secret area, sheriff's officials said.
“Today was a good day for the community,” said Sheriff Oscar Lopez.
The 508 pounds of marijuana was closely guarded in a convoy from Alice to the Rio Grande Valley, making the one and a half hour trek. The trip was kept hush-hush because of the value of the drugs. If the transport of the drugs got out to the public before it was destroyed, it could have been a dangerous situation for the deputies as drug organizations such as the Cartels could have caused an uproar.
The drugs was from three different cases, including one where the marijuana was located inside the vehicle after the driver and occupants fled into the brush on Farm-to-Market Road 1554 recently.
The marijuana was taken to a Department of Public Safety incinerator run by DPS crime lab, which was burned at no cost to the sheriff's department or taxpayer.
“It's not through a private entity and they keep the records of what we take,” Capt. Brandon Torres said.
The destruction of the marijuana took less than 15 minutes and another 15 minutes to clear them out.
Torres said they will continue to take drugs off the streets to make the community safer.
“We still have a couple more cases,” Torres said. “We will be destroying that in the near future.”