Independent trucker unaware he was hauling $7.5 million worth of marijuana

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 11:50am

KER COUNTY, TX — Over a ton of marijuana was confiscated from an 18-wheeler at a truck stop in Texas.

The bust was made on Thursday, March 29 in Parker County. The local Sheriff’s Department observed an incomplete weld from a load located on a truck in the parking lot of the truck stop. That’s when a K-9 unit was called in to investigate.

The drug detection dog inspected the load and made an alert of narcotics.

The Weaterford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit was then called in and firefighters were also brought in to assist That’s because the containers on the truck are used for highway construction and the drugs were located inside of the massive units.

The metal was cut and revealed the marijuana inside. We’re told it’s in the excess of one ton.

Investigators learned that the driver is part of an independent trucking company. He picked up the load but was unaware of the marijuana hiding inside the containers.

He was headed to the east coast.

“This is a prime example of what lengths the Mexican drug cartels will go to in order to smuggle drugs into our country," said Sheriff Fowler. "It is a never-ending battle."

Fowler added, at a street value of $3,000 per pound of marijuana - the drugs seized Thursday (about 2,500 pounds), is valued at approximately $7.5 million dollars.

No additional details about the investigation are being released at this time. The case is still under investigation.


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