SAN DIEGO – A high speed pursuit that began in Duval County and ended in Jim Wells County led to the seizure of more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana Sunday, according to law enforcement reports.
The seizure came during Operation Border Star, a joint project between the Duval County Sheriff's Department and the South Texas Criminal Investigative Task Force.
According to Duval County Sheriff's Department reports, deputies initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Dodge Ram shortly after 8:30 a.m. Sunday on Farm-to-Market Road 1329 near County Road 285 in Duval County.
As deputies approached the vehicle, the driver sped away, initiated a pursuit that eventually entered Jim Wells County.
The fleeing driver led law enforcement to Farm-to-Market Road 1538 near County Road 404 in Jim Wells County, where he reportedly slowed the vehicle, jumped from the moving truck and fled into a brush-covered area.
Deputies with the Duval County Sheriff's Department, the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and the South Texas Criminal Investigative Task Force searched for several hours, but were unable to locate the driver.
A search of the truck revealed 131 bundles totalling 1,424 pounds of marijuana in the bed of the truck. The marijuana was seized by law enforcement and an investigation of the truck, which is registered to an owner in the Rio Grande Valley, is continuing, according to law enforcement reports.