Trooper seizes about $2.7 million of suspected cocaine near El Campo
Oct. 12, 2010 at 5:12 a.m.
ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
EL CAMPO - About $2.7 million of what is believed to be cocaine was confiscation Tuesday morning by a state trooper during a traffic stop.
The seizure occurred at 1:46 a.m. at intersection of U.S. 59 and Farm-to-Market Road 1163.
The 45-year-old North Carolina man driving the tractor-trailer rig was arrested.
Trooper Erik Burse said the truck was northbound on U.S. 59 when Trooper Adam Sweaney noticed the vehicle had an obscured license plate and it didn't have the required reflective red tape on the back.
Sweaney stopped the truck and thought the driver appeared nervous. Sweaney asked for and was granted permission to search the trailer, which had a load of jalapenos and onions.
Burse said during the search the trooper found 356 pounds of what is believed to be cocaine. He said a scent dog wasn't required because the five large bundles were easily observable.