Deputies in Baldwin County made a major drug bust Wednesday after a man from Florida began behaving suspiciously during a traffic stop along Interstate 10.
According to police, 45-year-old Daniel Oehl, of Fort Pierce, Fla., was being questioned by deputies after the Jeep Liberty he was driving was pulled over. Oehl initially told the officers he was driving home from visiting his girlfriend in New Orleans.However, after running the vehicle’s information, deputies discovered the Jeep had been rented in Phoenix two days earlier and was scheduled to be returned in Phoenix by Dec. 3 — raising the suspicions of the deputies on the scene.
According to Maj. Anthony Lowery, “the misinformation along with other inconsistent statements made by Oehl” resulted in a K-9 search of the vehicle that revealed a positive indication for narcotics within the vehicle’s rear doors and in the trunk area.
After a probable cause search, police found approximately 100 pounds of marijuana in at least 72 triple-layered, vacuum-sealed packages within luggage Oehl was traveling with. In the passenger-side compartment, officers also found nearly 28 grams of liquefied LSD.
Authorities gave no indication of the value of the drugs, but according to Forbes, the street value of an ounce of marijuana is roughly $499 in Alabama. With 16 ounces in a pound at 100 pounds total, it’s likely the drugs were worth well over $500,000.
Oehl was arrested and charged with two counts of drug trafficking before being transported to the Baldwin County Jail, where he was still listed in custody as of Thursday morning.