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      $2 million worth of marijuana found in tanker truck near Zapata

      $2 million worth of marijauan seized // Zapata County Sheriff's Office Photo

      A truck driver is behind bars after authorities allegedly found more than $2 million dollars worth of marijuana inside his tanker truck.

      Zapata County Sheriff TMs Office deputies arrested Jose Reyes Villanueva III on felony drug charges on Thursday night.

      Investigators told Action 4 News that a deputy pulled over Villanueva TMs tanker truck on U.S. Highway 83 just north of Ramireo.

      A deputy stopped the 18-wheeler for disregarding a no passing zone.

      Authorities searched the tanker and allegedly found 294 bundles with 5,019 pounds of marijuana worth $2 million dollars inside.

      Deputies charged Villanueva with first-degree felony possession of marijuana.

      Villanueva appeared before Zapata County Justice of the Peace Juana Maria Gutierrez where he was issued a $500,000 dollar bond.