Over the weekend, officers in Baldwin County found more than 80 pounds of marijuana in a hidden compartment inside of a truck’s diesel tank — leading to one arrest and thousands of dollars of drugs being seized.
According to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies came into contact with the 2013 Chevrolet 2500 Heavy Duty after it was spotted with an expired Texas tag, traveling along Interstate 10 on Saturday morning.According to police, a tool box and an external “L-shaped diesel tank” were found in the bed of the truck. Deputies on the scene described an odor of marijuana “emitting from the diesel tank” while they were speaking to the driver, 34-year-old Noemi Casique.
Though Casique denied officer’s initial requests to search the vehicle, deputies conducted a probable cause search using a K-9 Unit that ultimately resulted in the discovery a false compartment in the diesel tank containing close to 84 pounds of marijuana.
Police also located three handguns in the vehicle Casique admitted to being the owner of.
Because of the size of the discovery, members of the Special Operations Unit and the Baldwin County Drug Task Force were dispatched to assist in the investigation.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) was also contacted, and due to the seized weapons, are said to be considering adopting the case for its duration.
Casique, who did not provide a current address while being processed into the Baldwin County Jail, was charged with drug trafficking as a result of the bust, and a judge has already set her bond at $300,000.