DPS seizes $3.44 million in cocaine near Groom


The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized close to 56 pounds of cocaine Monday, after a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in Carson County.

At approximately 3:37 p.m., a DPS Trooper stopped a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling east on I-40 near Groom, for a traffic violation. The Trooper then discovered multiple plastic-wrapped blocks of cocaine inside the driver and passenger side quarter panels. The illegal drugs are worth approximately $3.44 million.

The driver – Pamela Ashbrook, of Drain, Oregon – and passenger – Gregory Price, of Tucson, Arizona – were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Ashbrook, 53, and Price, 70, were transported and booked into the Carson County jail.

The drugs allegedly were being transported from Las Vegas to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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