Troopers confiscate 691 pounds of pot after stopping van near Breaux Bridge

Photo provided by State Police -- A Texas man is in jail and over 690 pounds of marijuana are off the streets following a traffic stop on Interstate 10 east of Breaux Bridge. The narcotics had an estimated street value of over $1,000,000.00.
Photo provided by State Police -- A Texas man is in jail and over 690 pounds of marijuana are off the streets following a traffic stop on Interstate 10 east of Breaux Bridge. The narcotics had an estimated street value of over $1,000,000.00.

State Police found hundreds of pounds of densely packed marijuana inside a van Monday morning after stopping the Texas driver on Interstate 10 east of Breaux Bridge.

Troopers with Troop I pulled over the eastbound 2012 Dodge van at 5:30 a.m., searched the vehicle and discovered 691 pounds of pot.

Pedro Matamoros, 38, of Brownsville, Texas, was booked on one count of improper lane usage and on suspicion he intended to distribute the marijuana, State Police said in a news release.

Matamoros was booked into the St. Martin Parish Jail.

Troopers said they believed the marijuana, valued at more than $1 million, was to be sold in Louisiana.