Texas Traffic Stop Turns Up $1.6 Million in Pot
A police stop of a SUV on Christmas Day, hauled in $1.6 million in marijuana.
Updated at 10:08 AM EDT on Monday, Dec 30, 2013
Abilene police say they've found marijuana worth an estimated $1.6 million in an sports utility vehicle they pulled over after getting calls about a reckless driver on a highway.
Police Chief Stan Standridge tells the Abilene Reporter-News the 48-year-old woman driver was in obvious medical distress during the Christmas morning stop on Interstate 20 and told officers she'd been using methamphetamines.
The SUV was a rental and officers searching it found about 180 pounds of marijuana, plus about 2 grams of methamphetamine.
No arrests have been made yet but Standridge said his department will work with federal officials to prosecute the case. He said the woman's been hospitalized in serious condition.
Police said Abilene, about 175 miles west of Dallas, wasn't the likely destination for the pot.
Published at 2:32 AM EDT on Dec 30, 2013
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