Lt. Ronnie Jones of the Bee County Sheriff’s Office said the investigator tried to stop a silver Chevrolet Trailblazer on U.S. 59 east of the city but the vehicle fled onto Dickerson Road.
Deputies joined in the chase, but by the time Jones and Deputy Joseph Buttery caught up with the pursuit, the SUV had stopped, and four men jumped from the vehicle and fled into the brush.
Jones said lawmen were unable to find the four.
But when deputies looked inside the vehicle they found what Jones called a “suicide load.”
Four bundles of marijuana were lying in the open on the vehicle’s back seat, all wrapped in plastic and equipped with makeshift harnesses so they could be carried on a person’s back.
Jones said a load of illegal substances found in the open is called a suicide load, because officers do not have to search the vehicle to find them.
The bundles were weighed, and the combined weight came to more than 92 pounds.
Jones said the sheriff’s office is in the process of confiscating the abandoned vehicle, and the district attorney’s office will take control of the drugs.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.