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12/12/07- Titus County

Drug Bust Nets Titus DPS 3,000 Pounds of Marijuana Street Valued At 5.5 Million

3,000 pounds of marijuana totaling more than 5 million dollars is off East Texas highways tonight. And it's all thanks to the smart thinking of Titus county DPS that led them to the discovery of, what's being called, one of their biggest drug busts. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley has the story.

Shortly after midnight 42-year old Paul Franklin Raper was pulled over off I-30 for speeding and that's when a DPS trooper found 205 bundles of marijuana hidden among produce on an 18 wheeler. "We're a lot safer that 3,000 pounds is off the road. Was it destined for Texas? No. We think it was destined for outside of Texas in Northern states,"said Captain Mark Milanovich, of the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotic Service. An arrest affidavit says Raper left McAllen Texas and was traveling on I-30, which is one of many heavy narcotic traffic areas that Titus DPS covers. "Right now I-30 is a hot spot. I have three major corridors I-30, I-20, and 59. Raper just happened to be traveling on I-30 and was stopped and it was bad luck that he got arrested with 3,000 pounds. We're going to keep going and we're going to be very aggressive. Hopefully, we can continue to make some kind of dent on the narcotic world," said Captain Milanovich. Raper is being held in Titus county jail on a 150,000 dollar bond. Officers tell KLTV he could face federal conspiracy and drug possession charges.

LaKecia Shockley,Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com 

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