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Sheriff's Deputies make $7.5 million drug bust

March 30, 2012 by Katie Martinez

A tanker truck found to be smuggling over a ton of marijuana in steel tubes.Parker County Sheriff’s deputies seized in excess of one ton of marijuana Thursday, March 29, 2012, from a tractor trailer at a truck stop off Interstate 20.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said while at the truck stop, a sheriff’s deputy observed an incomplete weld from a load located on a truck in the parking lot.

The deputy utilized a Sheriff’s K-9 drug detection dog, to inspect the load. The dog gave the deputy a positive alert for drugs.

Weatherford firefighters assisted in cutting open metal tubing with welding torches.Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit investigators and Weatherford firefighters were called to the scene to assist in cutting the metal containers located on the truck as part of rock rakes manufactured in Mexico, used for highway construction. Sheriff’s investigators found nearly one and one-half tons of marijuana stored in the tubes.

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office is part of the High Intensity Drug-Trafficking Area-Domestic Highway Enforcement (HIDTA-DHE), used in similar situations, investigations and seizures.

An investigation revealed the driver of an independent trucking company picked up the load in El Paso after it had passed through customs. Investigators believe the driver was unaware of the marijuana hidden in the containers, and was headed for 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.
More than a ton of marijuana was discovered tightly packed into metal pipes and welded shut.

Sports Calendar

Monday, April 20

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Crowley, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Crowley at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 21

  • Aledo Ladycats at Granbury, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Crowley, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 23

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Tison at Aledo High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 24

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Burleson, 5:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Cleburne at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 27

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 28

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Granbury, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Friday, May 1

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game and Senior Night
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Cleburne, 5:00 pm. *District Game

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