Last May, a pair of men were headed from Florida to their native Querétaro, Mexico, when they were stopped along Interstate 10 in Alabama by a Loxley patrol car. The officer wrote in his report of the afternoon encounter that he was driving behind a swerving 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup.
In the ensuing stop, Officer Chris Crisler learned that the man behind the wheel, Ambrosio Saul Ramirez-Ibarra, had no drivers license and that he and his passenger, Victor Marquez, were traveling with more than $20,000 cash.
Air fresheners in the cab emitted “a strong masking odor,” the officer noticed. The truck’s registration traced to an address that had been affiliated with a drug case