Jefferson County narcotics officers recover 87 pounds cocaine, cash
The Jefferson County Narcotics Drug Interdiction officers have had a record breaking week, according to Sheriff's Office officials. Since Monday, officers have seized 87 pounds of cocaine and $139,900 in cash stemming from investigations.
On Monday, June 27, at about 7:30 a.m., deputies pulled over a Dodge pick-up for speeding on Interstate 10. The driver was identified as Miguel Kelly, of Providence, R.I. According to information from JCSO, Kelly displayed numerous signs of nervousness and suspicious behavior. Kelly granted deputies the right to search the vehicle.
Officers found a large plastic ice chest in the back of the truck and upon inspection, they found the lining of the chest had been tampered with. Offiicers removed the lining and found a large number of U.S. currency covered in grease and coffee grounds - a method commonly used by smugglers in an attempt to disguise the scent of drugs from K-9s.
Kelly was arrested and faces charges of money laundering and unlawful use of a criminal instrument. His bond was set at $100,000 on each charge.
Two days later on Wednesday, June 29, at about 1 a.m. deputies stopped a gray Mazda 6 for speeding eastbound on Interstate 10. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Elizabeth Cavazos, of Ruskin, Fla. A passenger in the vehicle identified herself as Roseann Guerra. Deputies reported during the intial interview of Cavazos, she was behaving extremely nervously. Guerra kept her eyes closed as if she was asleep, but officers noted she was breathing rapidly. Guerra did comply with the deputies request to lower the window but kept her eyes closed while doing so.
Upon speaking with the women, officers said they gave conflicting stories about their travels, relationship and destination. Officers asked for consent to search the vehicle and it was given by Cavazos. In the trunk of the car, officers found the flooring was unlevel. They lifted the carpet and saw the trunk had been sprayed with a bed liner normally used for trucks. Bed liners are often used by smugglers to disguise hidden compartments. A welding rod stuck to the floor of the trunk was also noted by officers.
A small hole was drilled into the suspected compartment and when the drill bit was pulled out of the hole, a white powdery residue was on it, which tested positive as cocaine. Officers found 16.5 pounds of cocaine in the hidden compartment in the left rear wheel well.
Both women are in custody for aggravated possession of a controlled substance with bonds of $100,000.
That night, around 10 p.m. deputies stopped a tractor-trailer for defective mudflaps on Interstate 10 eastbound. The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as Shaw Maurice Eaglin, of Houston, pulled to the shoulder and as he attempted to stop, locked the brakes of the truck up and slide about 100 feet before coming to a stop. Eaglin exited the truck, lost his balance and fell down the steps, which made deputies suspect he was nervous and possibly involved in criminal activity. A passenger in the truck was identified as Todd Jabbar Fisher, also of Houston.
A search of the truck's sleeper compartment yielded more than 70 pounds of cocaine.
Both suspects were arrested for aggravated possession of a controlled substance and are in jail on bonds of $1 million each.
Altogether, deputies seized 87 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $40 million.