DPS seizes 943 pounds of marijuana after chase
April 26, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2012 at 11:26 p.m.
Two men from Mexico were arrested early Wednesday morning following a chase and the discovery of 943 pounds of marijuana in their pickup on U.S. 87.
The chase began at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when Texas Department of Public Safety troopers attempted to stop a northbound 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up truck on suspicion of a traffic violation on U.S. 59 at state Highway 185, according to a news release from DPS spokesperson Trooper Gerald Bryant.
The truck's driver failed to stop and attempted to evade the officers. The pursuit ended on U.S. 87 at the Guadalupe community when the truck ran off the road. The driver and passenger ran from truck and into the brush, according to the news release.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice tracking dogs were called to assist. Both men were arrested.
Eighty-six bundles of marijuana, weighing 943 pounds, were found in plain sight in the bed of the truck, Bryant said in the news release.
The marijuana has a street value of $ 520,169.93, he added.
The truck and marijuana were en route to Houston, he said.
The driver, Jose Idelfonso Garcia, 22, of Mexico, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a second degree felony, and evading arrest in a motor vehicle, a state jail felony.
The passenger, Jose Maria Rivera-Rodriguez, 21, also of Mexico, was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a second degree felony.
The men remained in the Victoria County Jail on Thursday evening.