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Lawmen find 92-pound load of pot during stop
by Gary Kent
Jun 08, 2012 | 903 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Lt. Ronnie Jones, Assistant District Attorney Juan Garcia and Deputy Joseph Buttery were all smiles May 25 when they realized that four men who ran from an SUV on Dickerson Road left a 92-pound ‘suicide load’ of marijuana in the back seat. The four men managed to escape into the brush, but deputies got the car and the dope.
Contributed photo Lt. Ronnie Jones, Assistant District Attorney Juan Garcia and Deputy Joseph Buttery were all smiles May 25 when they realized that four men who ran from an SUV on Dickerson Road left a 92-pound ‘suicide load’ of marijuana in the back seat. The four men managed to escape into the brush, but deputies got the car and the dope.
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BEEVILLE — A quick chase by an investigator for District Attorney Martha Warner ended with the confiscation of more than 92 pounds of marijuana May 25.

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.
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jb410
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June 08, 2012
Another great job by our under-appreciated law enforcement bunch here in Bee County.