Larry the Cable Guy, he wasn’t, but a man transporting several big spools of coaxial cable in Texas was found to have hidden over $1 million worth of drugs in the reels of wire in the back of his pick-up truck.
On October 29, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Zapata Station, near San Ignacio, TX seized what they called a significant amount of marijuana and arrested the surprised driver of the pick-up carrying the wire.
The Border Patrol said agents working roving patrol duties in the Zapata County area noticed a suspicious white 2001 Ford F-250 truck pulling a 16 foot trailer loaded with 12 spools of coax cable.
The agents followed the truck and trailer after noticing it was swaying from the northbound lane to the shoulder and back. As they drove even closer, the Border Patrol said the driver looked surprised when he saw the marked Border Patrol Unit truck and tapped on his brakes, jerking his steering wheel towards the shoulder of the road. CBP said its agents became even more leery of the truck when they noticed that it had mismatched parts -- the tail gate of the truck had F-150 model decals, while the side panels had F-250 decals. Sensing something amiss, the agents stopped the truck to conduct an immigration inspection. Because of what the Border Patrol said were “several discrepancies” in the situation, a detection dog was called in to perform a cursory inspection of the vehicle. The dog alerted on something in the truck, however.
The agents ultimately found and seized 287 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,380 pounds concealed in the spools of coax cable. The agency estimated the drugs were worth about $1,104,400.00.
The driver, a 30-year old male U.S. Citizen from Laredo, TX, was taken to the agency’s Zapata station for further questioning. The agents discovered the drugs stashed in the spools during an intensive inspection of the truck and trailer using x-ray detectors that revealed anomalies inside the spools of cable.
The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the driver and the marijuana, said the Border Patrol.
By: Mark Rockwell
Thu, 2012-11-01 07:56 AM