Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputies made a record meth bust Wednesday, February 28, 2018, on I-10.
“This hundred and fifteen pounds could have easily equated to approximately three million dollars in revenue on the street in drugs,” said Baldwin County Sheriff, Huey “Hoss” Mack.
It started with a normal traffic stop on a pickup pulling a trailer with no tag. After getting consent to search the vehicle, investigators said the drugs were found hidden in two golf carts on the trailer.
Sheriff Mack said it’s the biggest meth bust ever in the county and possibly in the state. He said the shipment originated somewhere in the McAllen area of south Texas and was on its way to Florida, but thanks to the experience and training of deputies on the drug interdiction task force, it never made it.
Thirty-two bundles of street-ready crystal methamphetamine is what deputies ended up seizing. Deputies noticed a truck hauling two electric golf carts and made a stop because the trailer didn’t have a tag. After getting consent to search, deputies became suspicious.
“They noticed a part of one of the golf carts had been altered and they recognized that as an aftermarket alteration and that’s what started leading us down the road that there could have possibly been something there,” Mack explained.
Upon closer inspection, deputies found that the batteries had been removed from their cases and the voids filled with drugs. The tops had been reattached to avoid detection. After the drugs were removed, deputies also found $9,000 in cash and a money counting machine.
Donald Scott Sells from Washington was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. His 15-year-old son was also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Mack said drug busts are up about 100 percent over the last year. He attributes this to being putting more resources on the streets.
“A little over a year ago we only had four or five deputies that were working this,” Mack said. “Now we have 10 that are working this in cooperation with a couple municipalities so we’re able to actually cover more area, more roads at the same time.”
Deputies and officers working the drug interdiction task force have special training to recognize a suspicious situation quickly and then to find the hidden drugs. Just in the last couple of months, they’ve arrested two illegal immigrants carrying meth ice, two sisters trafficking heroin and now a father and his 15-year-old son with all of this meth.
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