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Troopers find $1 million worth of marijuana during traffic stop

By BY JESSICA PRIEST - JPRIEST@VICAD.COM
March 5, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.

Department of Public Safety troopers found 1,953 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on U.S. 59 on Friday morning. The drugs were in a load of grapefruit.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers seized more than $1 million worth of marijuana Friday morning during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 59.

Alexander Boan Navarro, 38, of Mission, was traveling north on U.S. 59 in a 2010 Kenworth tractor-trailer towing a 2004 utility box trailer when he was stopped on suspicion of equipment and traffic violations at 9:44 a.m. near state Highway 185.

"The trooper noticed numerous indicators of criminal activity, and he got verbal consent to search the vehicle," Trooper Gerald Bryant, a department spokesperson, said Tuesday.

That trooper then found 120 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,953 pounds commingling with a load of grapefruit.

Navarro was en route to Pittsburgh, Pa., Bryant said.

He was arrested and charged with first degree felony possession of marijuana. He remained in the Victoria County Jail, Bryant said.

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