Drugs confiscated in Goliad
Feb. 24, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2012 at 8:25 p.m.
Drugs were seized just south of Goliad on U.S. Highway 59 South during a traffic stop Thursday morning.
A Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to stop a Chevrolet Tahoe on suspicion of speeding on U.S. Highway 59 South between Goliad and Berclair, according to a news release from the Goliad County Sheriff's Office.
The driver of the Tahoe left the highway, turned into a ranch entrance and drove into the thick brush.
When the trooper followed the trail, he found the abandoned vehicle with the doors open.
It contained several bundles of suspected marijuana, said Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby.
The search included DPS helicopter and tracking dogs from area prison units.
Also assisting in the search three DPS troopers, four Goliad County Sheriff's Office deputies, the sheriff and Constable Mike Thompson.
The search ended several miles away on a caliche road, where the dogs lost the scent. Officers believe the people were picked up there.
The stop and chase began about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and was called off at about 5:30 p.m.
The bundles of drugs were impounded and will be analyzed by DPS Victoria.
The Tahoe, which had flat tires and body damage, was taken to the Goliad County Sheriff's Office impound yard.
The owners of the ranch property were contacted and their home searched for possible intruders, but none were found, according to the news release.