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Massive Drug Bust in Texas

3.9 tons of marijuana confiscated by Texas Highway Patrol

4/04/2013

By Jeff Black / NBC News

What started out as a routine stop for a commercial vehicle inspection turned into a major drug bust Tuesday when Texas Highway Patrol troopers said they found 3.9 tons of marijuana concealed inside a tanker rig.

The value of the marijuana was estimated at more than $3.4 million, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release Wednesday.

The driver of the 1999 tanker truck was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. The name of the driver is being withheld, Sgt. Johnny Hernandez, a DPS spokesman said, because there is the possibility of more arrests in the case.

The amount of pot confiscated in the incident was among the largest in recent memory, Hernandez said. “It’s a big, significant seizure,” he said.

An investigation into the marijuana seizure, which took place in San Patricio County northeast of Corpus Christi, was continuing on Wednesday, according to Texas officials.

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SAN PATRICIO CO.- The Texas Department of Public Safety says troopers seized a tanker truck loaded with 7,816 lbs of marijuana yesterday in San Patricio County.

The trooper stopped the truck to perform a visual inspection of the tanker as part of normal commercial vehicle enforcement.

Officials did not go into detail on how easy it was for the trooper to spot the 3.9 tons of marijuana which likely took up the entire tanker.

45-year-old Paul Anthony Simmons of Robstown is being held on $1 million bond.

The drugs have an estimated street value of $3.4 million.

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