Drug Traffickers Accidentally Hire Cop to Deliver 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana to Dallas

Categories: Crime, Weed

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Marijuana seized in South Texas.
Your average U.S. truck driver in the makes something like $.30 or $.40 cents per mile. It's enough to make a living but not much else.

Swap the 18-wheeler full of widgets for one full of Mexican marijuana, and the job becomes way, way more lucrative. Reliable data are tough to come by -- this particular sub-occupation isn't tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it's not a topic that comes up in online trucking forums -- but anecdotally, a driver transporting weed can make $50,000 for a 430-mile trip, or roughly 300 times his law-abiding counterpart.

That's at least the amount that was offered last week to an undercover law enforcement officer in Laredo for the eight-hour drive to Dallas.

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According to a federal criminal complaint filed in Dallas on Monday, Homeland Security investigators learned on March 24 that a Laredo-based drug-trafficking ring was looking for someone with a commercial driver's license to take a shipment to Houston or Dallas. Through their contacts, the investigators suggested the undercover officer could take the job.

The cop, who isn't identified in the complaint for obvious reasons, spent the next three days arranging the shipment. On March 27, he met Victor Manuel Gonzalez and Benito Gonzalez in a Walmart parking lot, then followed them to a truck storage yard off Interstate 35, directly across the highway from a complex containing offices for the FBI, DEA and Border Patrol.

Inside was a white, refrigerated trailer containing 1,000 pounds of marijuana. He would be paid $50 per pound upon completion of the trip, plus $1,700 up front to cover expenses.

The cop stopped for the night in front of a San Antonio Walmart, where San Antonio police and their drug dog, Swampy, confirmed that the 18-wheeler was indeed full of drugs. The next day, the officer completed the trip to Dallas.

Victor and Benito Gonzalez, along with a third man, Rodrigo Moreno-Gaona, were waiting for him at the Flying J truck stop on I-20 and Bonnie View Road when he rolled in at 2:30 Friday afternoon. They were driving a Chevrolet Suburban with Mexican plates, the same one the Gonzalezes had been in the previous day, with which they led him to Michoacana Body Shop in Wilmer. There, they handed the cop a large bag containing $49,820 in cash.

Homeland Security agents watched all of this, moving in to seize the trailer once the undercover officer had left. Both Gonzelezes and Moreno-Gaona were arrested on charges of conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

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akira84729
akira84729

meh, it was probably dirt weed anyhow. and that shiz needs to be kept off the market.

Oxtail
Oxtail

At 1000 pounds, according to: http://www.priceofweed.com/ , @$365 an ounce- that load would yield $5,840,000. 


A 30% tax on that would yield $1,752,000 for the economy. 


IJS  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Oxtail  <== know-nothing imbecile


Mexican brick weed sells for around $500 / lb anywhere in Texas or any other border state. Delivered all the way to NYC, it sells for $800 / lb.


No dope smoker is going to pay a 30% tax on weed, thereby assuring the "black market" stays alive and strong.

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pnd2131
pnd2131

This is Mexican shit weed. They'd be lucky if they got 50/oz but we still need to legalize it.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Oxtail  

Wait a minute, we will get about $30k to $50k when it goes to auction and don't forget about the costs of the trials and incarceration.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

If the White House orders the DoJ to non-enforce the marijuana laws, then the price will drop, and non-citizens residing here openly due to non-enforcement of immigration laws will have jobs with no tax bite due to non-enforcement of tax laws on said non-citizens.

The beauty of it is, you get to pay for their health care now. Pony up!

manpanties
manpanties

@pnd2131  thats what I was thinking.  though $365 is still to high for good weed.  at that price, the black market won't go away.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

Evidently, the humor is lost on you since you're not familiar with the controversy over the administrations orders to the DoJ concerning non-enforcement of federal laws.

Which, oddly, is why Coloradans can get away with breaking federal law, and many foreign nationals are now de facto citizens contra federal law.

When poking your volatile self with humorous retorts, I'll have to keep in mind that your ignorance may blunt the effect.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  ... your blind Repuglykkkan bigotry, racism and hatred has you spewing incoherent nonsense ... again.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Mervis_Earl @TheCredibleHulk @TheRuddSki  

Agreed.

Black market pot probably won't go away, ever. Which, hopefully, will keep downward price pressure on both markets.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@TheCredibleHulk @Mervis_Earl @TheRuddSki Both markets will thrive. There will always be folks that think the tax is too much or they just plain can't afford it. The black market for MJ is pretty solid and won't go away over night.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

Sounds more to me like he's pissed that Uncle Sam is coming to play in his sandbox.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  ... Rec Pot was legal and in effect for over a year before the retail dispensaries opened.


Only a know-nothing idiot like you would falsely assume the only place to score weed is from some overpriced, overtaxed greedy big $$ retail dispensary selling warehouse grown schwag.


Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@TheRuddSki From Wiki:

"Governor John Hickenlooper officially added the law to his state’s constitution on Monday December 10, 2012 making the private consumption of cannabis legal in Colorado."

@DonkeyHotey has been on Westword out of Denver for a long time. He knows 100% more than you will ever know about Colorado MJ laws.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

Judging by donkey's unrelaxed persona, he may be singing the down to seeds and stems again blues.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

Please provide a link to support your claim that it was legal to buy and sell marijuana in Colorado prior to jan 1 of this year. I took your helpful suggestion and googled it, but can find nothing to support your claim.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  The law allowing recreational use passed on Nov. 6, 2012. Recreational marijuana became available on Jan. 1, 2014.


The Rec. law took effect on Dec 10 2012. 


Plenty of marijuana was available -- legally -- long before the first retail dispensaries opened over a year later.


Keep proving you have NO FUCKING CLUE what you're yammering about.


TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

Stop harshing his mellow?

I'm thinking this dude's mellow was harshed before it was hatched. I like the sunny icon avatar though, or is that a Xanax?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @TheCredibleHulk  

You brought it to the table, asshole, back it up.

You sound to me like someone with something to lose should MJ become legal. Get over yourself and get a job.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk " Also, please, some cites for your BILLIONS figure would be a nice addition to your claim."


Too stupid to know the facts, too stupid to Google them.


Typical for a know-nothing imbecile.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

If you non-smoking nincompoops put a 30% tax on pot, the underground market for it will be as strong as ever.

Funny how some folks who parrot endlessly the leftist line on everything under the sun suddenly exhibit conservative/ libertarian ethos and intelligence when their particular ox is gored.

Relax Donkey boy, the shit Mexican brick weed will still be available for you.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @TheCredibleHulk  

LOL. I've got a pretty good clue. Also, please, some cites for your BILLIONS figure would be a nice addition to your claim.

Beyond that, trust me - many, many people would rather just pay the premium for the luxury to purchase legally.

Look at it this way: Black market alcohol and tobacco sales in the U.S. probably don't even amount to a rounding error in the profits of the corporations that market those products. Why do you imagine weed would be any different?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

The recreational weed law has been in effect for well over a year now

"In effect".

The person you referred to as a moron for his correct statement concerning availability is correct. Here, for morons, are the facts:

The law allowing recreational use passed on Nov. 6, 2012.

Recreational marijuana became available on Jan. 1, 2014.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk <== another idiot who has no clue.


The black markets for "legal" alcohol and tobacco in the U$A are BILLIONS of $$ per year.


If you non-smoking nincompoops put a 30% tax on pot, the underground market for it will be as strong as ever.


TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @weirdozmedia  

He is right that once it is legal everywhere, most people are going to prefer the convenience of the luxury to purchase the product rather than grow it. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@weirdozmedia "Colorado's only been legal (in some places) for a few months"


Wrong moron. The recreational weed law has been in effect for well over a year now, and medical marijuana has been on the market for 14 years.


@weirdozmedia "It's not like people regularly buy alcohol on the black market anymore."


More idiocy from you. The "black market" for Alcohol in the U$A is over a BILLION $$ ... per year.


Now keep spewing ignorance for all to see.

weirdozmedia
weirdozmedia

@juanmayeaux @manpanties @pnd2131 Colorado's only been legal (in some places) for a few months, supply is still an issue at this point.  If it was legalized nationwide and as easily acquired as alcohol I'd seriously doubt anyone bothering with a black market.  It's not like people regularly buy alcohol on the black market anymore.  Once it's legal and available everywhere people are going to prefer convenience over saving a few bucks by dealing with criminals.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@manpanties @pnd2131 The black market hasn't gone away in Colorado. People will still buy pot that is delivered, cheaper and minus the taxes.

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