The DEA Seized 269 Pounds of Leafy Greens En Route to a Dallas Produce House Last Week

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Last Thursday, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency received a tip from someone in Brownsville, Texas: A Dallas-bound freight shipment described on shipping manifests as a collection of scales and metal plates actually seemed to contain something else entirely.

The shipment was picked up that day from International Welding Tech in Brownsville by Averitt Express, destined for a nondescript warehouse on Ladybird Lane in the Design District belonging to Primos Produce.

It never quite made it.

The next morning, agents intercepted the shipment at Averitt's Grand Prairie warehouse. They brought their drug dog, Cody, who "did alert positively on only the freight in question, indicating the presence of the odor of a controlled substance and/or dangerous drug inside the freight in question," according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court last week.

Within two hours, the DEA agents had a search warrant and soon after discovered 122 kilograms, or 269 pounds, of marijuana.

The 38-year-old owner of Primos Produce, Joel Valencia Salazar, arrived a few minutes later in a Chevy Tahoe, followed by an empty box truck. As the boxes of weed were being loaded into the box truck, agents arrested Salazar and the other man in the Tahoe, 35-year-old Gabriel Delgado.

According to the complaint, Delgado told officers he had been paid $500 to arrange the shipment. Salazar, in turn, said he'd also been paid $500 for use of his warehouse and that he'd stored marijuana there once before. Both men were charged with possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. Each man faces up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.

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CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Ladybird Lane address is correct for Primos Produce, but that is considered Northwest Dallas, not the Design District.

Phiznak
Phiznak

Okay this is driving me nuts - I can't ignore it. Ladybird Ln. is nowhere near the Design Distrct. Could you please correct it or at least respond?

J_A_
J_A_

Can we just legalize weed and bring casinos to Texas? I promise our state won't instantly burn into a crisp for being at the gates of hell.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Hmmm ... Looks like business will be off a little for the area IHOPs, Denny's and Waffle Houses ....

Phiznak
Phiznak

Ladybird Ln Design District...am I missing something?

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

40 years for pot? justice system is a bad joke. murderers, robbers, baby rapers, or rabid human animals of all kind git less time than that. but let us teach the kids to respect the law.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

The next morning, agents intercepted the shipment at Averitt's Grand Prairie warehouse. They brought their drug dog, Cody, who "did alert positively on only the freight in question, indicating that the trainer subtly signaled the canine to alert at the time that would please him most."

FIFY

ruddski
ruddski

The Metroplex is just a bit safer today, but I hope that won't affect my weekend.

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski

If you're one of the dozens of local residents who still smoke Mexican weed (live a life on the margins of society? inveterate cheapskate? under the age of 15? what gives?), it just might. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Daniel  

... No Stems, No Seeds that you don't need ...

<sound of hit being taken on a nicely rolled doobie>

Acapulco Gold is ... Bad Ass Weed

<sound of person exhaling a deep hit>

Acapulco Gold, not a cough in a four finger lid ...

Available from finer dealers near you ...

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