Refugio officials discover about 500 pounds of marijuana

May 16, 2017 at 7:36 p.m.
Updated May 17, 2017 at midnight

Ismael Padron Garcia, of Mexico

Ismael Padron Garcia, of Mexico   Contributed by Pinky Gonzales for The Victoria Advocate

The Refugio County Sheriff's Office discovered about 500 pounds of marijuana on a train Monday about 8 miles south of Woodsboro.

Railroad officials notified the sheriff's office about 12:15 p.m. that people were on the train who weren't allowed to be, said Sheriff Pinky Gonzales.

Deputies asked the railroad officials to stop the train, and three people jumped out of an open box car. The tracks run parallel to U.S. 77.

"We noticed three people jump out of an open box car and headed toward the brush," he said. "We ended up catching one of them. We went up there to look in that box and noticed 13 bundles of marijuana."

Gonzales suspects all three suspects are undocumented immigrants. Authorities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the marijuana and arrested Ismael Padron Garcia, of Mexico. Law enforcement officials are continuing to search for the other two suspects.

"Somehow, they managed to load up that dope while the train was apparently sitting still somewhere," Gonzales said. "They were hauling dope into this country from Mexico."


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