BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Thousands of vehicles pass through the interstate highways in Baldwin County every day. Recently, for two days in a row, Baldwin County deputies had simple traffic stops turn into huge drug busts.
The first one happened Monday, June 24 on I-65, when a deputy stopped Devonya Stallworth, 31, for going 92 in a 70 mile an hour zone.
"As the deputy approached the vehicle he could smell a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He explained that he could smell it and he wanted to search the vehicle. She said he could," said Captain Stephen Arthur.
Deputies said when the deputy got to the rear cargo area, he found 17 one-pound bags of marijuana and arrested Stallworth.
On Tuesday, June 25, deputies said Kelenda Luster, 35, was speeding down I-10 when a deputy stopped her.
Deputies said both the women were pretty helpful when it came to finding the drugs. They said Stallworth allowed deputies to search her vehicle while Luster admitted to doing drugs right before they stopped her.
"Miss Luster made a comment like, 'Yeah I was smoking a blunt right before you stopped me.' At that point probable cause was obtained and the search found a small amount of marijuana, some pills we believe were Xanax as well as a kilogram of cocaine," Captain Arthur said.
Deputies also found $8,000 in cash.
Authorities believe both women were trafficking the drugs.
"Numerous arrests have been made on both of these interstate systems. These individuals use these corridors to transport controlled substances. This bust represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs that were taken off the streets that were destined to be in Alabama or the surrounding areas," said Captain Arthur.
Stallworth is charged with trafficking marijuana.
Luster is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and trafficking cocaine.
Both women are being held in Baldwin County Jail under a $1 million bond.
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