HPD: Kush kingpin arrested in $2.2. million drug bust

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HOUSTON — The Houston Police Department has taken down a kush kingpin, authorities said.

Mayor Turner announced at a press conference, "Officers arrested an individual suspected of being a major player in the sale of kush." He continued, "This resulted in the seizure of more than 300 pounds of the drug with a street value of more than $2.2 million."

The bust is so big the suspect may have to answer to federal prosecutors.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said, "We are still working with our county and federal partners to see what the appropriate charges are and what level of prosecution we will seek."

This summer, Mayor Sylvester Turner promised to crackdown on kush and the problems it creates.

"It stretches the resources of our first responders, police and fire. And this drug can have fatal consequences for the persons who are using it," Turner said.

Turner and Acevedo said the bust is part of a bigger strategy to address the kush epidemic.

"Going after the low level consumer will not be the most effective method. Instead we want to go after the people selling Kush," the mayor said.