The Kleberg County Sheriff's Office has made a couple busts recently that it hopes will be part of a successful year in the fight against drugs.

Highway 77 is one of the biggest corridors in the country as the cartels run drugs and cash down the roadway, which cuts right through Kleberg County.

Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick explained how his officers recently found $13,000 worth of drug money hidden inside a tub of lard. That was discovered inside the SUV of Alberto Yanez of Houston, who told investigators he was headed to Mexico with the cash. Yanez was jailed on a felony money laundering charge.

Then a few days ago, Kingsville's Rafael Delarosa was arrested on felony and misdemeanor drug charges after deputies said he had cocaine and marijuana inside his house.

The sheriff is hoping that his fight against drugs will continue to prove as successful this year as last year.

"As opposed to last year, we walked away with about $1.3 million in cash seizures that were done on 77, and by the successful efforts of our officers, and we're hoping to repeat that this year," Kirkpatrick said.

The sheriff said he's asking County Commissioners to allow him to hire two new deputies who would work nothing but drug interdiction along Highway 77. Right now deputies do that as part of their overall job.

The request is supposed to go before Commissioners Court this coming Monday.

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