More Illegal Drugs Seized on I-40 in Crittenden County

February 19, 2004 - Posted at 1:58 p.m. CDT

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - Four days after the fact, the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department has revealed that officers with its Highway Police Division have uncovered another large shipment of illegal drugs in Crittenden County.

Saturday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m., a tractor-trailer rig was stopped at the Lehi Highway Police station on Interstate-40 near West Memphis.  During a search, Highway Police officers discovered numerous packages of cocaine inside plastic bags located in the trailer.  The total weight of the packages was estimated at 303 pounds.

The driver was identified as 35-year-old Jose Conteras of San Diego, California.  The passenger was identified as 34-year-old German Zuniga of Ontario, California.  It is believed the two were traveling from California to New Jersey.  The two men are each charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

The arrests also resulted in a joint investigation between state officials and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.  On Tuesday of this week, that operation led to the additional arrests 41-year-old Edgar Arteago of Columbus, Ohio and 20-year-old Also Acosta of Mexico.  Arteago and Acosta were each charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  They were arraigned in West Memphis District Court yesterday.