DPS seizes nearly $890K of pot

WESLACO – During a traffic stop of a pickup in Willacy County Friday morning, the Texas Department of Public Safety made quite a find.

DPS seized 146 pounds of marijuana.

The driver, Juan Cruz Jr., 39, of Brownsville, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

At about 8:30 a.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a red Chevrolet pickup, which was traveling northbound on U.S. 77 north of Conely Road.

The pickup was being pulled over for a traffic violation. During a search of the vehicle, the trooper subsequently discovered 129 bundles of marijuana, worth more than $886,000.

Cruz was transported to the Willacy County Jail.

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