Trucker Shoots Himself Before Roadside Pot BustBy Phillip Smith October 27, 2011
A truck driver pulled over by a Texas state trooper apparently shot and killed himself before police found a load of marijuana in his truck’s sleeper. The man, identified as Mason Burks of Springfield, Missouri, becomes the 42nd person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Burks was driving north on US Highway 59 near Lufkin when he was stopped for a commercial inspection by Trooper Mike McClain. US 59 begins on the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas.
When McClain stepped up to the truck window, he heard a gunshot.McClain retreated and called for back-up.
When backup arrived, police found Burks, 46, dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. Troopers then found 603 pounds of pot in the sleeper of the truck cab.