Chase across three counties ends in 100-pound drug bust

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112 pounds of Marijuans confiscated after dug bust and hish speed chade last Friday. (photo provided by Fisher County Sheriff's Office)

The Fisher County Sheriff’s Department seized 112 pounds of marijuana after a vehicle chase at high speeds across three counties Friday evening. Suspects are being held at the Fisher County Law Enforcement Center with a combined bail set at $500K.

Around 5 p.m. on June 21, Fisher County Deputy Joseph Benavides began his pursuit on FM 57 near the Hamlin airport after clocking the silver Chevrolet Sonic with Missouri registration at a speed of 91 mph. The vehicle’s driver, Carla Mendoza (27) from Missouri, and Jesus Sebastian (25) from Mexico — with an expired work visa — failed to stop.

Mendoza powered toward the City of Hamlin, where the Hamlin Police Department assisted Benavides in the pursuit. Officers chased the Chevrolet as it tore through the city at speeds exceeding 70 MPH.

The vehicle left Hamlin, moving toward Aspermont. The Stonewall County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched and also assisted Benavides. Deputies were unable to gain enough distance between the department vehicles and the evading Chevrolet to safely and effectively deploy a spike strip.

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