Police find thousands of dollars, drugs at Batesville home

BATESVILLE, AR  (KAIT) – Authorities in Independence County are looking for two men who may have been involved in a drug trafficking operation, according to the 16th Drug Task Force. It's also in connection to a drug bust in Jonesboro Thursday afternoon, police said.

Dale Weaver with the 16th Drug Task Force said police found more than seven pounds of methamphetamine, $45,000 in cash and five vehicles that may have been involved in a drug trafficking investigation. The methamphetamine alone is worth an estimated $300,000. Weaver said officers executed a search warrant at a home about five miles north of Batesville. When officers approached the home, two men ran out the back door.

Those two suspects are still on the loose and may be in the area of Weaver's Cemetery, just off Highway 167.

Weaver said the arrest of two Batesville men in Jonesboro is connected to a larger drug investigation.

According to a Jonesboro police report, Angel Cervantes, 23, and Gerardo Campos, 38, were arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, valued at approximately $600,000. They were arrested at the intersection of Highland Drive and Nestle Way Thursday afternoon, according to the initial police report.

Sgt. Doug Formon with Jonesboro Police said the case has been handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Both men are expected to appear in court March 31, 2014.

Weaver said drugs were found in two vehicles at the Batesville location, and those vehicles are registered to two people already in prison.

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