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630 Pounds Of Cocaine Found On Band Bus In Texas

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FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) — Eight men on a Norteno (nor-TAYN’-yoh) band’s tour bus have been arrested in South Texas after more than 630 pounds of cocaine turned up in the vehicle.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says all eight suspects face charges of possession of a controlled substance related to the drugs worth $7.3 million.

The bus from the Alamo-based group Zinzzero (zeen-ZER’-oh) was searched Sunday at the Falfurrias (fal-FYOO’-ree-uhs) checkpoint. DPS says about 250 bundles of cocaine were located in a false compartment near the center of the bus.

Band manager Andy Prado had no comment Tuesday.

Norteno folk music is generally associated with northern Mexico and South Texas.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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