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Lonoke County, Ark. — Arkansas State Police today announced the seizure of a record amount of methamphetamine during an arrest Monday afternoon along Interstate Hwy. 40. Troopers discovered 276 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $10 million inside the cargo trailer of a commercial carrier truck stopped along Interstate 40.
The seizure from the cross-country shipment is believed to be the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in Arkansas law enforcement history.
State Police on Monday patrolling Lonoke County in the area of Kerr Road and Interstate 40 noticed a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of the highway. A trooper approached the truck to check the driver’s well being.
During a conversation with the driver the trooper was given permission to inspect the cargo trailer where the methamphetamine was subsequently located. The methamphetamine was in both liquid and crystal form.
“This case is indicative of what continues to be the escalating threat from methamphetamine and its ravages on Arkansas families,” said Col. Bill Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police. “Our State Troopers will continue to be vigilant in their efforts to seize illegal drugs and arrest those who produce and distribute narcotics.”
State Troopers were assisted in the investigation by the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department, the Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).