Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- A traffic stop of a 2007 GMC Yukon by Baldwin County deputies last Thursday led to the arrest of three suspects and the seizure of 160 pounds of marijuana.Victor Ivan Flores-Vasquez, Jose Ramone Guevara-Lopez and Adrian Francisco-Lopez told police they had been on an 18-hour trip to Florida from Houston, Texas, but could not name their destination city or provide driver's licenses. Officers at the scene had already witnessed Guevara-Lopez toss a loaded Walther CCP handgun out of the vehicle's window during the stop. After detaining the three men and noting the smell of marijuana, the officers found 160 pounds of "high-grade" marijuana, wrapped in in tape, cellophane, and trash bags, obscured by a pile of clothing and luggage. The three suspects face drug trafficking charges and are being held at the Baldwin County Correctional Facility with a $300,000 bond.
- Birmingham police charged three men and one juvenile with stealing six high-end cars from the CSX railyard in north Birmingham on January 24th. The stolen cars included a GMC Yukon, Dodge Hellcat Charger, Dodge Challenger and a Ford Mustang and cost between $60,000 and $80,000
each. Branden Johnson, 20, Lomax Phillips, 21 and Keyshawn Paige, 21, were each arrested and charged with with theft of a motor vehicle and criminal
trespassing. The 17-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle and criminal trespassing. All four suspects are being
held in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $100,000. Two other suspects are still at large.
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