Baldwin County Sheriff Deputies made another sizable drug bust along Interstate 10 last week, this time confiscating 160 pounds of “high-grade marijuana” from an SUV traveling through the area.

According to police, Victor Ivan Flores-Vasquez, Jose Ramone Guevara-Lopez and Adrian Fransico Perez said they were traveling from Houston to Florida after they were pulled over by deputies near mile marker 53 for a purported traffic infraction.

Police say no one in the car could name the town they were traveling to and neither of three occupants had a valid driver’s license on them. The group allegedly told deputies they’d been on the road for 18 hours, even though a trip from Houston to Baldwin County would take just under seven hours.

In addition to noticing “a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle,” deputies say Guevara-Lopez threw a loaded handgun out of the window of the vehicle during their interaction. After that, additional units were called to the scene and all three subjects were detained.

Adrian Fransico-Perez, top left; Jose Ramone Guevara-Lopez, top right, and Victor Ivan Flores-Vasquez were arrested with 160 pounds of marijuana while traveling through Baldwin County on Jan. 26, 2018. (BCSD)

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 160 pounds of high-grade marijuana wrapped in tape, cellophane and trash bags in the rear cargo area, where police say it was commingled with various luggage.

All three men were arrested on charges of drug trafficking, though Guevara-Lopez was additionally
charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. The trio was booked into the Baldwin County Corrections Center under a $300,000 bond on Friday, Jan. 26.