April 9, 2007 - Posted at 6:04 p.m. CDT
PARAGOULD-The bust comes from a special investigation conducted by the DEA, the 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force and the Greene County Sheriff's Department.
The investigation has been ongoing for weeks.
Now, a Paragould man is facing federal charges.
41-year-old Scott Tyner of Paragould was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
That delivery was never successful.
"The person that was arrested, it's basically his deal. There was no outside help whatever," said Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston.
Tyner is suspected of transporting hundreds of pounds of drugs across state lines.
"He received the container. He took the container and put the marijuana in it. He then took it back to the shipping company and prepaid it there, then shipped it back to himself here in Paragould," said Langston.
That truck's final stop would be at the corner of Highway 69 and Jones Road on Friday when authorities intercepted 588 lbs. of marijuana.
"Once it was received, we arrested the person who received it, and that it was being shipped to," said Langston.
Now Scott Tyner, who had no prior criminal background, is facing federal charges which could result in 20 years up to life in prison.
He is now out on a 200-thousand dollar bond.
Police say a warranted search of Tyner's home also led to the discovery of weapons and other drug related paraphernalia.
Authorities say the amount of marijuana on the truck would have amounted to the size of nearly 600 cigar boxes.
Tyner was fired from his employer Lauback Trucking after they learned of his arrest. Company officials said they were unaware of anything going on, and that the transfers were not made using any trucks from the company.
The Greene County Sheriff confirmed that this was soley on behalf of Tyner, and that the trucking company had nothing to do with the incident.