Trooper seizes about $2.7 million of suspected cocaine near El Campo
By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
Oct. 13, 2010 at 5:13 a.m.
EL CAMPO - About $2.7 million of what is believed to be cocaine was confiscated Tuesday morning by a state trooper during a traffic stop.
The seizure occurred at 1:46 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 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 seemed nervous. Sweaney asked for and was given 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.