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NPD Seizes $2 Million Of Marijuana On West Loop

Herb Fellow

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Nacogdoches police seized 158 bales of marijuana during a routine stop of a tractor trailer on the West Loop Sunday afternoon, according to NPD Lt. Darrell Trawick.

About 1 p.m. officer Stephen Godfrey pulled the truck over for a traffic violation and found that certain paperwork was not in order, Trawick said. During an inspection of the truck, which was also carrying grapefruit and aloe vera, Godfrey discovered approximately 4,000 pounds of marijuana, estimated to be worth close to $2 million.

Godfrey, an ex-task force officer, arrested Rigoberto Mercado Torres, 47, of Selma, Calif. on felony possession of marijuana charges. Trawick said the drug seizure is the largest he can remember in his 25 years in the department.

"It's the biggest one we've ever done," he said.

The volume of drugs is so large, Trawick said, that four pickup-truck loads were needed to transport it to the jail, where it occupies an entire cell.

This is the second large drug seizure by the Nacogdoches police in recent weeks. On Jan. 7, Nacogdoches police seized $23,000 worth of drugs and cash during a home raid on Lucas Street.

Source: The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches Tx
Copyright: 2008, The Daily Sentinel
Contact: MATTHEW STOFF, Sentinel staff
Website: NPD seizes $2 million of marijuana on West Loop
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