DPS traffic stop leads to more than a $11 million drug seizure

WESLACO, TX. -  The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Saturday arrested one suspect and seized nearly a ton of marijuana after a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in Hidalgo County.


At approximately 12:45 p.m., a DPS Trooper stopped a tractor-trailer, traveling northbound on U.S. 281 and F.M. 2812, for a traffic violation.

During the stop, the Trooper discovered 80 bundles of marijuana concealed inside boxes.

The drugs, which weighed 1,954 pounds, are worth approximately more than $11 million.


Juan Carlos Sandoval-Martinez, 36, of Houston, was arrested and booked into the Hidalgo County jail for felony possession of marijuana.

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