September 12, 2008

Brownsville Man Arrested with 300 Pounds of Marijuana

Hundreds of pounds of marijuana are seized Friday afternoon along with thousands of dollars in cash.

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31 year-old Benjamin Vasquez was taken into custody by Cameron county Sheriff's after he got busted with more than 300 pounds of marijuana and $27,000 dollars in cash at his home on 455 Esperanza street in Brownsville.

The Cameron county district attorney's special operations group, along with other law enforcement agencies investigated Vasquez and another man for a month before Friday's bust. When agents went into the home they found bulks marijuana in black bags, cash and a press machine in one of the bedrooms.

Investigators were surprised to find that type of press machine which is used to compress the drug into smaller blocks for distribution. Officials say Vasquez and the other man distributed the pot outside the state and would also sell ounces on the streets in the Valley.

Vasquez is charged with a first degree felony, possession of marijuana and possible money laundering, but more charges may be added since he was conducting this illegal activity right across from a school.

The other man was taken by the Border Patrol because he was an undocumented immigrant. He is not facing any other charges, since Vasquez accepted full responsibility.

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