2,100 pounds of marijuana seized from fake AT&T work truck

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Two men are behind bars after authorities found more than a ton of marijuana inside a fake AT&T work truck.

It all happened off FM 490 just west of the Hidalgo County community of McCook.

A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state trooper pulled over what appeared to be an AT&T truck over for speeding 72 mph in a 60 mph zone.

Driver Aaron Arrellano-Salgado fled on foot but was caught.

Authorities found 189 bundles with 2,168 pounds of marijuana inside the cloned work truck.

State troopers pulled over a second car driven by Wilfredo Garza-Salgado for running a stop sign nearby.

According to court records, Garza-Salgado was acting as an escort for the AT&T truck.

Records show a man in Roma was going to pay Arrellano-Salgado $1,000 dollars to drive the fake AT&T truck and that Garza-Salgado was supposed to get $500 dollars to escort it.

Both men appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Peter Ormsby in McAllen on Friday morning.

Judge Ormsby denied bond for both men until a Thursday morning hearing.

Rio Grande Valley drug smugglers have used cloned or fake work vehicles from companies such as Halliburton and FedEx to smuggle drugs in the past.