By LeaAnne Klentzman
An 18 wheeler traveling north through Fort Bend County, just shy of Rosenberg on US 59, was stopped by narcotics officers and found to have bales of marijuana sequestered in pallets of house-hold items packed in the back of the truck.
Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “The task force, a Houston HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) initiative, was conducting a highway interdiction when one of its detectives observed a tractor-trailer traveling northbound on U.S. 59.” During the stop, a drug sniffing dog named “Mike” was used to sniff out the dope.
All totaled, “Mike” helped narcotics agents seize 1,726 pounds of marijuana.
The driver of the truck, Amado Bazan III, 39, of Mission, Texas, was arrested and charged with the offense of possession of marijuana, his bond was set at $40,000.
Haenel said the street value of the marijuana is estimated to be $900,000.