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152 pounds of cocaine found in truck at Rolla

Thursday, August 23, 2007

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- An Illinois man faces drug trafficking charges after a police dog sniffed out 152 pounds of cocaine hidden in the cab of his tractor-trailer, authorities said.

Police believe the drugs had a street value of nearly $7 million.

Husam Bshara of Tinley Park, Ill., was arrested Monday after police received a tip about the tractor-trailer stopped at Love's Travel Stop on Interstate 44 in Rolla. A Missouri State Highway Patrol dog found the drugs in a hidden compartment, authorities said.

I-44 is believed to be one of the nation's major drug pipelines, and law enforcement in the Rolla area have made it a priority to try to intercept drugs along the route.

Authorities said the investigation has been turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. "That way, we can prosecute at a federal level," Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse said.

Information from: Rolla Daily News, http://www.therolladailynews.com.

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152 Pounds!

-- Posted by Marine5151 on Thu, Aug 23, 2007, at 12:54 PM

So, for all of you people pushing for decriminalization of drug crimes what about cases like this?

-- Posted by captainmysterious on Thu, Aug 23, 2007, at 1:06 PM

captainmysterious: Whats so special about this case? If we decriminalized drugs we could know exactly whose shipping it, whose receiving it, whose is profiting by it and how much taxes are owed on it.

So for all you pro-criminalization people how can laws and law enforcement officers prevent this? Considering the profit margins even if we busted ten times as many shipments we would still have the same amount of drugs on our streets because the drug cartels could easily afford to absorb the losses. Consider that those 152 lbs only costs a couple thousand dollars to purchase directly from a Columbian farmer and holds the potential to make millions. Their is no punishment we can possible enact that is severe enough to stop a significant portion of the population from risking everything to make more money in one trip than an entire working life.

-- Posted by Nil on Thu, Aug 23, 2007, at 5:09 PM

NOW: "So, for all of you people pushing for decriminalization of drug crimes what about cases like this?"

THEN: "So, for all you people pushing for the end of prohibition, what about people like Al Capone?"

Same answer: They would be out of business.

-- Posted by Elder on Thu, Aug 23, 2007, at 11:51 PM

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