Law enforcement officers in the south seized a tractor-trailer loaded with $7 million worth of marijuana, found during a routine search of cargo by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). A statement by MDOT said the officers had stopped the 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer on Tuesday for a routine weight, safety and paperwork inspection, when they discovered the illegal drugs. The truck and trailer, which was loaded with 55 gallon drums of mango puree, was searched by MDOT officers, who found 126 plastic wrapped bundles of marijuana. The bundles weighed over 50 pound each with a total estimated weight of 7,000 pounds. MDOT Enforcement reports the marijuana had a street value of over $7,000,000.
“Chief Willie Huff, MDOT Director of Enforcement, stated, “This is a significant seizure. I am very proud of our officers and their diligence. We must continue our vigilance for all types of contraband before it reaches our streets or impacts our Homeland Security.” The seizure of the marijuana occurred at the east bound I-10 Hancock County inspection facility.
Hancock County is the southernmost county in Mississippi and borders the Gulf of Mexico. Law enforcement officers are investigating the source of the marijuana and the destination. The seizure is said to be one of the largest in history for Hancock County. Charges against the driver are pending the outcome of the formal investigation of the drug smuggling incident.
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