From The Birmingham News, October 30, 3:54PM:
Jefferson County sheriff's deputies announced today the seizure of $750,000 worth of cocaine intercepted on Interstate 20.
Deputies with the department's Highway Safety Unit found 10 kilos of cocaine when they stopped a 2001 Porshe Carerra traveling eastbound on I-20 near Interstate 459 about 1 p.m. Monday. Investigators found the cocaine taped and wrapped in plastic. The bundle was stored in the car's vinyl side panels.
Alfredo Portilla Palacious, a 28-year-old Mexican citizen, was taken into custody and charged with drug trafficking. His bond is set at $1.5 million.
Looks like a trend:
On Thursday, October 18, the Sheriff's Office Highway Safety Unit stopped a 2001 silver Ford Mustang for a traffic violation on I-20 near I-459.
This vehicle displayed Mexico tags. Upon further investigation, 12 Kilos of cocaine and 1 Kilo of ICE (crystal methamphetamine) were found hidden in the vehicle.
A 51 year old female from Paraeuara, Mexico, Teresa Medina Pallares, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine. She is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totalling $3 million.
Both arrests took place on I-20 near I-459, both Mexican citizens.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Randy Christian said authorities are trying to determine whether the cases are linked.