Lavaca County deputies seize 485 pounds of marijuana

Lavaca County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for details regarding a group of men who abandoned a vehicle Tuesday containing 485 pounds of marijuana.

About 8 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a call from a resident reporting suspicious activity on County Road 132 near Alternate U.S. Highway 90. Four cars were parked on the side of the road, and the occupants appeared to be fixing a flat tire, said Sheriff Micah Harmon.

After the cars were traveling toward the highway, Deputy Mike Gibson pulled over a tan Ford Expedition for an observed traffic violation, said Harmon. When the vehicle stopped, eight men jumped out of the vehicle and left what appeared to be seven bundles of marijuana in the back of the vehicle, he said.

The marijuana and the vehicle were taken to the sheriff's office. No suspects have been arrested.

A similar call also was reported to the Lavaca County Sheriff's Office about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Harmon said.

There were four vehicles again near the same area on County Road 132 with one having a flat tire, he said. When the deputies arrived, one vehicle was missing a tire completely, he said.

Deputies detained two men for questioning, but no contraband was found, Harmon said.

It is unclear whether the two incidents are related, he said.