Drug smuggler busted in Ft. Bend Co.

December 22, 2008 1:39:59 PM PST
On Wednesday, Highway Criminal Interdiction Investigators with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office initiated a narcotics investigation on a tractor trailer traveling through Richmond, Texas. The investigation culminated when investigators conducted a traffic stop of a tractor-trailer traveling southbound on U.S. 59. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Drug agents from the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered approximately 3,348 lbs. of marijuana and over 200 grams of cocaine. The cocaine was concealed in the tractor portion of the rig while the marijuana was hidden in specially designed containers in the trailer portion of the rig.

The tractor-trailer was being operated by the driver and sole occupant, Guadalupe Perales, of Mercedes, Texas. Narcotics Agents of the Fort Bend County Task Force concluded through their investigation that the driver was a drug smuggler employed by an organization based in Mexico. Perales was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Both offenses carry an $80,000 bond.

The marijuana and vehicle were seized by Narcotics Agents. The wholesale value of the Marijuana is estimated at $2 million.

The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force, which is a Houston HIDTA Initiative (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), conducts narcotics investigations targeting organized drug traffickers transporting illegal narcotics into the county.

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