By "Radical" Russ Belville
(Brownsville Herald) An expired license plate caught the attention of a Cameron County sheriff’s deputy, who ended up making one of the largest drug busts so far this year for the sheriff’s department.
The deputy pulled over a tractor-trailer rig Saturday evening on Expressway 77 near Combes. During the routine traffic stop, authorities found 3,103 pounds of marijuana hidden under loads of papayas, Sheriff Omar Lucio said Monday.
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The marijuana has an estimated street value of $2.5 million.
Steinborn’s Rule: Only break one law at a time. If you know you’re going to be hauling 1.4 metric tons of contraband, it’s probably a good idea to check your tags, your insurance, your registration, your headlights, your taillights, and even if your license plate has too much mud on it.
Thanks to that alert cop and that not-so-alert smuggler the price of weed stays high and the supply is reduced by, oh, about 0.0001% of the nearly 15,000 metric tons of marijuana supplied to Americans annually.
“It is great to get this amount of marijuana off the streets,” Lucio said. “We realize that it is only just a small portion of what really travels through this area. But, by the same token, we are out there every single day like all law enforcement agencies, trying do to the best job possible for the betterment of the people.”
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You’re not making anyone’s life better by trying to prevent them from using cannabis, Sheriff. You’re just creating a lot of bloodshed south of the border and misery and heartache north of it.