Arkansas troopers make record meth bust

Arkansas troopers make record meth bust

LONOKE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas state trooper checking on the well-being of a truck driver made a record-breaking discovery.

He and other Arkansas State Police officers seized 276 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $10 million. It's believed to be the largest single seizure of meth in Arkansas law enforcement history.

The big bust came Monday afternoon while a trooper was patrolling Lonoke County in the area of Kerr Road and Interstate 40 eastbound.

After noticing a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of the highway, the trooper went to check on the driver's well-being.

Upon receiving consent from the driver, the trooper inspected the cargo trailer where the methamphetamine, in both liquid and crystal form, was discovered, according to a news release from ASP.

The driver, 53-year-old Javier Leon-Garcia of Moreno, CA, was arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance. He is being held without bond at the Lonoke County Jail.

The Lonoke County Sheriff's Department, Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency assisted the ASP in the investigation.

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