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Texas DPS seizes $1.5M, guns from big rig

Texas DPS seizes $1.5M, guns from big rig
More than $1 million sits on a table after the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized it from an 18-wheeler during a traffic stop on Nov. 17. (Courtesy: Texas DPS)
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These handguns, along with more than $1 million in cash, were seized by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from an 18-wheeler on Nov. 17 during a traffic stop. Tap photo for larger size. (Courtesy: Texas DPS)

CORPUS CHRISTIE, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized more than $1.5 million in cash from a semi during a traffic stop on Nov. 17 along U.S. Highway 281 in Brooks County as part of Operation Lone Star.

The bust happened just after 7 a.m. when a trooper stopped a south-bound 18-wheeler for a traffic violation, according to the DPS.

During the stop, the trooper discovered 56 bundles of U.S. currency totaling $1,530,067 and two handguns — all of which were concealed in a false compartment within the semi-trailer.

The driver, 43-year-old Miguel Martinez-Navarro, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested for money laundering and booked into the Brooks County Jail.

Operation Lone Star was put into place to combat human smuggling.

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