Speed leads to marijuana bust
By LeaAnne Klentzman
A deputy traveling along US 59, gets his interest piqued when a truck blasts past him on the highway in the rural area near Beasley.
About 11 p.m., Friday night, September 6, Deputy Eric Buihner was patrolling northbound along US 59 at about FM 360 near the Village of Beasley. As he drove along the highway, a Chevrolet pickup truck passed him traveling upwards to 93 mph.
Deputy Buihner fell in behind the truck and a brief chase ensued. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “The truck pulled off the road between Beasley and Rosenberg and then cut across the grassy area separating the highway from the feeder road. The deputy continued following the vehicle until the truck broke through a barbed-wire fence and proceeded toward a tree line in the pasture.”
Once the vehicle came to a stop the occupants fled on foot abandoning personal property and 54 cello wrapped bales of marijuana along with their Chevrolet pickup. Haenel said, the bales weighed 1,054 pounds and have an estimated street value of $537,000.
As deputies combed the rural farm area that night no suspects were located. However, according to Haenel, a clerk at a truck stop in the area said a group of men with mud on their clothes and breathing heavily stopped briefly at the store. That clerk also told authorities that the suspicious men were with a caravan pulling cars.
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