South Texas: Nearly $1 million worth of cocaine found in bell peppers

On Tuesday, drug enforcement agents from Nueces County, the Robstown Police Department and Jim Wells County stopped an 18 wheeler truck south of Robstown. Officers asked to search the truck and the driver agreed.

When a sniffer dog alerted the agents that something that was inside the trailer, they began to unload the produce from the back of the 18 wheeler.

"One of the Robstown officers saw that one of the bell pepper boxes look like it had been crushed and it looked messed up so I just kept looking around outside of it with a flashlight and sure enough he saw bundles inside that one box," Mike Tamez with the task force told

The agents found 36 kilos of cocaine valued at nearly $1 million hidden in the bell peppers. The truck driver is now facing at least one charge of possession of a controlled substance. The case is still under investigation and may end up in the hands of federal authorities.

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