Texas Men Face Drug Trafficking Charges in Baldwin County

Texas Men Face Drug Trafficking Charges in Baldwin County

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Millions of dollars in cash and illegal drugs zoom into Baldwin County at least at 70 miles per hour every day on Interstate 10. It's up to a dozen or so police officers to stop it. Last night it happened again.

"They were headed into Baldwin County from the Florida area," according to sheriff's captain Steve Arthur.

Cecil Rice and Harvey Thompson were pulled over on a traffic violation. The drug dog hit on a familiar scent and before long they were going to jail, their rental truck impounded and cops had their hands on 20 pounds of pot.

"It wasn't hidden very well but it was concealed enough where you couldn't see it unless the dog hit on it."

Investigators don't know where the drugs came from but they do have a pretty good idea where they were going according to Arthur. "Just some things they said made us believe they were headed into the Mobile or Baldwin County, actually the Fairhope community or in Mobile."

In the last six months the task force has made substantial busts along the I-10 corridor and according to Sheriff Hoss Mack, impacting not only the local but the national war on drugs. "We had the largest cash seizure in the United States last year. We also had a very large seizure of heroin and multiple, multiple arrests of the other illegal drugs that we are noticing in our county."

It's a never ending battle according to Arthur. "For every one we find we don't know how many get through but we're out there trying to do the best we can." A fight they are determined to continue.

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