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Lavaca County traffic stop nets 557 pounds of marijuana

May 1, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.

A traffic stop and pursuit in Lavaca County on Tuesday netted more than 500 pounds of marijuana. One person was detained and turned over to immigration officials.

About 550 pounds of marijuana were seized from a sport utility vehicle Tuesday after a traffic stop and pursuit near Hope in Lavaca County.

About 11:25 a.m., a Lavaca County Sheriff's Office deputy on patrol on Lavaca County Road 413 encountered a speeding GMC Yukon, according to a news release from the Lavaca County Sheriff's Office.

When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, a pursuit began across U.S. Highway 77 and onto Lavaca County Road 444.

When the chase reached Clark's Creek Bridge, the vehicle stopped and about eight people bailed out and ran into the brush.

Nine bundles of suspected marijuana, weighing 557 pounds, were discovered in the vehicle, according to the news release.

"This week has been very active as far as illegal activity coming up from the border is concerned," Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said in the news release.

"We have recovered a couple of stolen vehicles used in illegal trafficking and pursued several others that evaded capture."

A five-hour search of the area resulted in the detention of one man who was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on suspicion of lacking proper documentation to be in the country.

Assisting the Lavaca County Sheriff's Office in the search were the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Public Safety both the air unit and investigations, Lavaca County Constable, Precinct 1, and the Hallettsville Police Department.

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