DPS troopers uncover over $3 million worth of marijuana during traffic stop
BY GHENI PLATENBURG - GPLATENBURG@VICAD.COM
Sept. 5, 2011 at 4:05 a.m.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers seized more than $3 million worth of marijuana during a traffic stop on Sunday. About 7:30 p.m., DPS troopers stopped a tractor-trailer traveling north on U.S. Highway 59 just south of Telferner on suspicion of a traffic violation, said DPS Trooper and Public Information Officer Gerald Bryant.
Upon stopping the vehicle, the trooper observed "numerous indicators of criminal activity," Bryant said.
After obtaining verbal consent to search the tractor-trailer, the trooper uncovered 7,480 pounds of marijuana located inside two of the trailer's compartments.
The marijuana had a street value of $3,740,000, said Bryant.
The tractor-trailer's driver, Alberto Ozuna, 54, of Mission, was arrested on possession of marijuana, a first degree felony.
Ozuna was hauling used oil from Mission to Houston.
He was taken to the Victoria County jail.
As of Monday afternoon, Ozuna was still in custody.