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DPS seizes in excess of two tons of weed

Special to the Courier

During a routine commercial vehicle inspection, a DPS trooper discovered more than two tons of marijuana.

Law enforcement officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized more than two tons of marijuana - with an estimated value of more than $24 million - after a Texas Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a tractor trailer in Starr County the morning of Monday, March 29 morning.
The trooper with commercial vehicle enforcement the stopped a 2005 Freightliner truck tractor towing a flatbed trailer for a commercial vehicle inspection on United States Highway 83, west of Roma.
During the inspection, the trooper discovered 174 bundles totaling 4,040 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the pressure washer skid being towed on the flatbed trailer.
The driver of the truck was identified as Carlos A. Lozano, 42, of Pasadena, Texas. Lozano was arrested for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspire to possess marijuana. He was placed in federal custody, and the investigation continues.