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Couple Transporting $3M in Cocaine Killed in Shootout in Texas

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Millions of dollars worth

In Texas, a Tennessee couple involved in the transportation of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine was fatally shot during a confrontation with law enforcement officers at a traffic stop on Thursday, as confirmed by authorities.

Edward and Elizabeth Stevenson

The couple, Edward and Elizabeth Stevenson, came under investigation following undercover purchases of illicit drugs, as revealed by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

Undercover operation

This undercover operation led to the issuance of a search warrant for the Stevensons’ residence, where investigators discovered a significant amount of suspected methamphetamine, fentanyl, various firearms, body armor, and ammunition on Thursday.


During the search, it was revealed that the Stevensons were traveling in a semi-truck through Texas while in possession of illegal drugs and firearms.

Suicide by cop

“Both Edward and Elizabeth had made previous statements that they would die by ‘suicide by cop’ if law enforcement attempted to stop them,” the sheriff’s office said.

Donley County Sheriff's Office

Upon receiving the information, detectives promptly informed the Donley County Sheriff’s Office in Texas and the Texas Department of Public Safety regarding the couple’s activities.

Evaded the deputies

Upon attempting to pull over the semi-truck, the couple evaded the deputies in Donley County, driving for several miles before eventually stopping, as per officials.

Engaged in gunfire

Subsequently, Edward and Elizabeth exited the vehicle and engaged in gunfire with the deputies and troopers, resulting in their fatalities, as reported by the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Eddie Farris

Sheriff Eddie Farris attributed the situation to lenient border policies that are contributing to the issue making it “much easier for Mexican cartel members and their associates” to traffic illegal drugs into smaller communities.

64 pounds

Upon inspecting the couple’s vehicle, authorities discovered approximately 64 pounds of suspected cocaine valued at around $3.4 million. The sheriff’s office indicated that the drugs seemed to be destined for Tennessee.

Mixed with fentanyl

Farris mentioned that the cocaine confiscated from the Stevensons was probably intended to be mixed with fentanyl before being distributed to buyers.

Anonymous tip

The sheriff expressed gratitude to the community for providing anonymous tips about the couple.

Saved lives

“Anytime you see anything that you feel is suspicious, please call us and we will investigate it,” Farris said. “In this particular incident it most likely saved lives.”

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  1. Keith J. Pittell

    May 17, 2024 at 12:23 am

    The Chinese govt and the Mexican cartels are trying to poison us with fentanyl. Joe Biden doesn’t care. He cares only for illegals crossing our borders and the Muslims in Dearborn Michigan. I’m a thoroughly disgusted life-long, voting Dem. My Party has lost its way.

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