Operation Lone Star gets its weed, but not its men

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has recovered 346 pounds (157 kilograms) of cannabis after an SUV full of men ignored a trooper’s directive to stop, sped off and then stopped to toss bundles over a gate before fleeing. The truck was on the police radar as part of DPS’s Operation Lone Star, according to KVEO . The trooper tried to stop the vehicle in Rio Grande City after the driver failed to yield the right of way, barely avoiding a car crash. Although the SUV did not stop, it was in clear view of the trooper when the driver stopped at a nearby gate. The driver and an estimated 10 other men exited the SUV and began throwing large bundles, later confirmed to be cannabis, over the gate. They then fled into the nearby brush. Border patrol agents follow footprints along Rio Grande and discover nearly 200 pounds of cannabis ShotSpotter turns pot spotter when gunfire leads Texas deputies to grow-op U.S. customs tipped off when driver coming from Mexico to Texas seemed to be hauling absolutely nothing Officers had little trouble locating the discarded haul, finding 16 bundles of cannabis estimated to have a street value of US$103,800 ($125,598). The DPS has made similar weed seizures in recent years, including confiscating 343 pounds (156 kg) of cannabis in 30 separate bundles about five years ago, that, at the time, has an estimated worth of more than US$2 million ($2.4 million). Again, the 21-year-old driver abandoned the vehicle to flee on foot but he was later apprehended. Possessing 50 to 2,000 pounds (22.7 to 907.2 kg) of cannabis in Texas is a second-degree felony. That could result in as long as two to 20 years of incarceration and as much as US$10,000 ($12,100) in fines. U.S. Customs and…

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