Hidalgo County deputies make drug bust in La Joya

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies seized about 360 pounds of marijuana and made an arrest after a high-speed chase in La Joya on Saturday.

At about 7:15 p.m., a deputy attempted to stop a gray Ford F-150 in La Joya, but the driver led him to the Havana community before bailing out and fleeing on foot. The deputy chased the man and caught up to him, but according to a news release, the man struggled and hit the deputy several times. A nearby homeowner assisted the deputy and they were able to restrain the driver and take him into custody, the news release states.

20141121 Mario-A.-HernandezInside the truck, the deputy found 33 bundles of marijuana weighing 360 pounds.

Mario Hernandez, 32, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Pct. 3, Place 1 Justice of the Peace Luis Garza set Hernandez’s bond at $65,000. According to the news release, Hernandez is pending arraignment on evading arrest with a vehicle, resisting arrest and assault on a public servant charges.

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