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Mount Pleasant troopers' marijuana bust is Titus County's largest ever

By Robyn Claridy rclaridy@news-journal.com
April 11, 2011 at 10 p.m.


MOUNT PLEASANT - A suspicious-acting motorist led a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper to find 4,605 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $2.7 million.

A Florida man was held Monday in Titus County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $1.5 million.

According to DPS officials, 30-year-old Giovanni Borrero, of Longwood, Fla., was stopped at 3:50 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 30 near mile-marker 171 for a traffic violation.

Borrero, who was driving a tractor-trailer, showed signs of nervousness "and other indicators of criminal activity," DPS spokeswoman Sylvia Jennings said.

After Borrero consented to a search of his vehicle, the truck was moved to the Walmart parking lot in Mount Pleasant where 184 bundles of marijuana were found commingled within the truck load of produce, Jennings said.

Titus County officials said the bust was the largest they have ever seen in their region, and Longview Police Department officials said they have never seen a drug bust of this caliber.

"We usually see drug busts around 100 pounds," police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said.

This wasn't the first brush Borrero has had with law enforcement officials, Seminole County Florida Sheriff spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said.

Borrero was scheduled for trial Wednesday for an armed structure burglary with two counts of theft of a firearm, according to Seminole County court records.

He was arrested Oct. 21, 2010 by Longwood Florida Police Department, and released from jail on $7,000 bond.

He also has a trial scheduled for May for driving with an invalid driver's license.

In addition to his upcoming trials, he was charged with possession of marijuana twice in 1999; two domestic violence charges in 2001 and a probation violation in 2007.

Jennings said DPS officials are withholding the name of the trooper who investigated the bust because of safety concerns.

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