A traffic stop in Stephens County last week resulted in authorities finding over 200 pounds of marijuana, which Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said valued at around $1 million in street value according to the District Attorney’s office, alongside a few thousand dollars in cash.
According to court records, Alberto Segundo Ortiz, 26, of Elmore City, faces charges of trafficking in illegal drugs and possession of proceeds from drug activity.
According to reports, around 8:45 p.m. Nov. 16, a Stephens County Sheriff’s Sergeant monitored traffic as part of his patrol on State Highway 7 and County Road 2880 when a vehicle was stopped for allegedly speeding.
Reports show the vehicle traveled westbound at what the lawman determined to be a “high rate of speed” and when scanned with a radar, it was shown the vehicle was going 80 miles per hour in a 65 speed zone.
After lights activated, the vehicle stopped at Highway 7 east of Fuller Road.
Reports show the sergeant approached the driver side door and “immediately noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.” The driver, identified as Ortiz, gestured he couldn’t speak English when asked for his drivers license and according to reports, provided a “Mexico voters card.”
According to an affidavit, the law officer retrieved his cell phone to use a translation app and when asked again if Ortiz had a license, he said no.
Ortiz was placed under arrest for driving without a license. At that time, more deputies arrived on scene to search the vehicle.
Deputies found money on Ortiz’s person and while they were trying to count it, other lawmen also found “two large stacks of $20 bills.”
Search of a camper shell and tailgate on the pickup resulted in lawmen finding “10 large black garbage bags stuffed with a green leafy substance which later field tested positive for (marijuana).”
Inside of the garbage bags, authorities found the marijuana had been “packaged in small amounts and vacuum sealed in 248 separate plastic bags.”
The total amount of currency totaled $6,381.
Ortiz received a bond set at $250,000 and remains in custody as of press time. He is due to return to court for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021.