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Couple hauling $3M in cocaine killed in shootout with Texas police after tractor-trailer chase

Edward and Elizabeth Stevenson (Putnam County Sheriff's Office)
Edward and Elizabeth Stevenson (Putnam County Sheriff’s Office)

A Tennessee couple hauling $3 million worth of cocaine was killed in a shootout with police after a dangerous , authorities said Monday.

, were driving the truck on Texas State Highway 70 in Donley County when cops tried to pull them over, Amarillo CBS affiliate KFDA reported.

But the couple continued driving, leading authorities on an unconventional chase as they approached Interstate 40.

As the Stevensons’ tractor-trailer , police used a spike strip to disable the vehicle, according to KFDA.

Cops said the Stevensons then hopped out and opened fire on police, KFDA reported. Officers killed them in the shootout.

Authorities had been for some time, the Putnam County, Tenn. sheriff’s office said in a statement. Agents organized a series of undercover drug purchases from the couple and raided their home on May 9.

The Stevensons were not home at the time. Cops said they found suspected meth, suspected fentanyl, in the home about 70 miles east of Nashville.

Guns and body armor seized from the home of Edward and Elizabeth Stevenson. (Putnam County Sheriff's Office)
Guns and body armor seized from the home of Edward Stevenson, 60, and Elizabeth Stevenson, 51. (Putnam County Sheriff’s Office)

Evidence at the scene showed the couple was and would be returning through Texas with the contraband, according to the Putnam County sheriff’s office.

Investigators in Texas caught up with the Stevensons on Friday, sparking the stunning highway chase. According to Putnam County authorities, the Stevensons were planning “suicide by cop” if they couldn’t get away.

Police said they found in the truck.

Drugs seized from the home of Edward and Elizabeth Stevenson. (Putnam County Sheriff's Office)
Drugs seized from the home of Edward and Elizabeth Stevenson. (Putnam County Sheriff’s Office)

“They ,” Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris told Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN. “But more probably were afraid of the cartel than being caught, you know, 29 kilos, and their relationship with one of the Mexican cartels on a regular basis.”

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