DPS troopers seized more drugs during routine traffic stops in 2006 than any other time in DPS history.
“Our troopers lead the nation in drug seizures on a yearly basis, but now they have set a new standard of excellence—new DPS records for cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine seizures,” said Col. Thomas Davis Jr., director of the Department of Public Safety. “Taking more than 100,000 pounds of drugs off the streets and arresting 1,975 drug smugglers is good news for Texas.”
Some of the drug seizure highlights in 2006:
· Nearly three tons (5,986 pounds) of cocaine—the most ever by DPS troopers;
· Nearly 48 tons (95,653 pounds) of marijuana—a new DPS record;
· 267 pounds of methamphetamine—the most in DPS history;
· Drugs valued at $335.9 million—ranks first in DPS history.
“Our troopers are highly trained in drug interdiction. The record numbers are a reflection of that training and— unfortunately—the amount of drugs that are transported on Texas roadways,” said Highway Patrol Chief Randall K. Elliston.