JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A traffic stop in Greene County Sunday led officers to more than 830 grams of methamphetamine that was found in a Jonesboro hotel room.
Deputies with the Greene County Sheriff's Department stopped a car Sunday on a traffic violation for no child restraint.
Juan Martinez was driving the vehicle. Antonia Martinez, of Dallas, TX, was a passenger in the car.
Deputies found out that Juan did not have a valid driver's license and had no proof of insurance for the car he was driving.
He was placed under arrest and deputies searched the car.
They found "a large amount of methamphetamine in the form of ice" in a backpack in the car, according to court documents.
Antonia told deputies the couple was staying at the Baymont Inn, 2910 Kazi Dr. in Jonesboro.
She said the room was under her name and she had paid for it.
Antonia gave deputies permission to search the room.
They met with agents from the Second Judicial Drug Task Force at the room.
Officers found about 834 grams of suspected meth, digital scales and plastic baggies inside the room.
A suspected "snorting straw" was also found inside Antonia's purse.
She was then arrested and taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.
Juan and Antonia were both charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Antonia's 2-year-old child was turned over to the Department of Family Services.
They are being held without bond.
Greene County Sheriff David Carter said even with this big bust, he and his deputies are not going to stop.
"We started our war on drugs on January 1," Carter said. "We've got a lot of dope off the street. This was by far the biggest, probably the biggest meth bust Greene County has had or the sheriff's department I might add. It was big and we are going to keep on keeping on."
Carter believed the meth was not made in the county but was shipped from Mexico.
Deputies said meth was blue to attract kids to the drug.
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