DPS Troopers in the Panhandle send a strong message to drug traffickers after they seized more than $700,000 worth of marijuana in six separate busts since Thursday.
The first bust Thursday morning was the largest. Troopers found 750 pounds of marijuana worth almost $316,000 in the cargo area of a motor home during a traffic stop near Vega just before 8 a.m. Two men were arrested in that bust.
The second stop happened just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Troopers arrested a man and woman just outside of Amarillo after DPS discovered 20 pounds of marijuana worth about $8,500 in their vehicle.
About an hour later, 53 pounds of marijuana worth more than $185,000 were found inside a Trailblazer that had been stopped west of McLean. Troopers arrested two people in that bust.
Just after 8 p.m. Saturday, Troopers in Potter County arrested the female driver of a Mitsubishi Gallant after they found 52 pounds of marijuana stuffed into two large duffel bags in the trunk. Troopers say it's worth almost $30,000.
Early Sunday morning in Carson County, Troopers found 378 pounds of marijuana worth almost $160,000 hidden in luggage inside a Honda. Two people were arrested in that bust.
And finally, Troopers arrested two men after 16 pounds of marijuana were found in the trunk of a car during a traffic stop in Oldham County Sunday afternoon. The drugs were worth more than $6,700.
DPS says all the stops were made on I-40. They also believe most of the drugs originated from California and were headed to areas outside of Texas. Combined, Troopers seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
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