Photos: Troopers find 10 bundles of marijuana after suspect pursuit

The incident was part of Operation Lone Star, a program implemented in Texas to combat drug and human trafficking


By Amanda Spence

CAMERON COUNTY, Texas — Texas Department of Public Safety troopers made a major drug bust after a pursuit with an 18-year-old.

According to Fox News, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers attempted to stop Azael Pena, 18, due to a traffic violation. However, Pena sped away, and, during the incident, he sideswiped a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle.

“DPS aircraft provided air support as the driver continued evading law enforcement traveling at excess speeds of 95 mph,” the agency explained on Facebook. “The driver finally came to a stop and was apprehended. A search of the vehicle revealed 10 bundles of marijuana weighing 240 lbs., located in the rear passenger seat and trunk area.”

Pena was arrested for marijuana possession. The incident was a part of Operation Lone Star, which is a partnership with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Public Safety, along with the Texas National Guard, to combat drug and human trafficking.

Since the beginning of the program, there have been over 18,400 criminal arrests, along with 15,700 felony charges. DPS has also seized more than 326 million lethal doses of fentanyl, according to a press release.

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