(Guadalupe County) -- A traffic stop on Interstate 10 has led to the arrest of a pair of men for allegedly transporting drugs to Houston. Guadalupe County Sheriff's Deputies say on Wednesday, March 8, at approximately 2 p.m., K-9 Cpl. Dustin Crawford conducted a traffic stop on a white Toyota Tundra. The vehicle was stopped for speeding.
Upon contacting the occupants, Crawford reportedly noticed that the truck had a large fuel tank and tool box in the bed. The fuel tank appeared to have been recently painted and the deputy observed bondo on the lower portion of the tank. The driver, Irwin Abraham Baca, 28, of El Paso, told Crawford that he was traveling from El Paso to Houston for work and that he had picked up the passenger, Francisco Elizalde, 25, of Brownsville, in San Antonio. Baca told the deputy that he had just bought the fuel tank a day prior and he had to repair it because it was leaking.
Baca gave Crawford consent to search the truck. During the search of the truck, a false compartment that had been built inside the fuel tank was located. The vehicle was then transported to the sheriff’s office for a more thorough search. They say K-9 Eddie was immediately deployed for an open air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the odor of narcotics in the bed of the truck.
The false compartment inside the fuel tank was found to be empty, but 9.845 pounds of cocaine was located in a luggage bag in the bed of the pickup. Baca and Elizalde were both booked into the Guadalupe County Jail for the manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.