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Marijuana found in abandoned vehicle

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email


A huge find for some east Texas law enforcement that takes nearly 3-million dollars of marijuana off the market. The find was made in a convenience store parking lot yesterday near I-30 and highway 37 in Mount Vernon in Franklin county. Workers at the Mount Vernon convenience store had noticed a white truck with trailer parked in their lot for hours.

"We saw it, it was there anywhere from 4 and a half to 5 hours at least," says convenience store worker Junior Payne.

"It appeared to be abandoned, so we asked for our narcotics van to come around there and check it," says Franklin county sheriff Paul Fletcher.

A narcotics dog was brought in and immediately hit on the trailer. Inside the 18-wheeler deputies found tile and boxes, and the unexpected.

"We found 9 cartons which contained 88 bricks of marijuana," Fletcher says.

Weighing 910 pounds, and a street value of 2-point-8 million dollars.

"Well that's kind of mind blowing the amount, you never would think that coming through here," Payne says.

The driver disappeared almost as soon as the vehicle was spotted.

"No driver being located the back was not properly sealed," says Fletcher.

In the continuing battle against drug running its a victory for Franklin county law enforcement.

"Depending on where it was going, it was worth a lot of money, a lot of money," the sheriff says.

The origins of the drugs and who is behind it remain under investigation. The seized marijuana will be destroyed by the Franklin county sheriff's office.

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