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02/15/05 - Diboll

Troopers Stop Big Rig Loaded With Cocaine

Victor Marte Victor Marte

by Ramonica R. Jones

When DPS troopers stopped 32-year-old Victor Marte for a broken light on his license plate, they had no idea what was hidden in the back of his 18-wheeler: 150 pounds of cocaine worth $1.2 million.

Trooper Greg Sanches said, "Just from his stories that he was talking about and the smell inside the vehicle and other indicators that were given, we had a drug dog [come] to the scene [that] detected that there was something inside the vehicle."

Marte was on his way from Houston to New Jersey when he was arrested near Highway 214 in Diboll.  Troopers pulled his big rig over on Highway 59, a popular route for illegal drug activity.

"US 59 connects at least six interstates," said Trooper Sanches.  "US 59 connects to a major city, that being Houston; also, it connects a bordering state which is also known for drug trafficking."

Marte lives in Florida.  He's in the Angelina County jail charged with cocaine possession.  His bond is set at $500,000.

This isn't Victor Marte's first run in with the law.  He's also wanted on drug charges in New York.

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