2,100 pounds of marijuana seized from fake AT&T work truck
Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:37:14 GMT —
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.