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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Routine Traffic Stop Yields Big Bust For JPD

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- It started as a routine traffic stop on Johnson Avenue late Tuesday night by Jonesboro Police.

"One of the passengers lied to me about who he was. I ended up arresting him for lying to me. I found out he had a parole violation. We ended up searching his vehicle," said Jonesboro Police Officer and PROWL Unit Member, Cassie Brandon.

In dashcam video provided by Jonesboro Police, upon searching the vehicle you see Officer Cassie Brandon bring out a box....what's in that box surprised even a veteran officer.

"There's no way this is cocaine--that was my first thought," said Brandon.

Police say in fact it was cocaine--more than 2 and a half pounds of it. In addition, police say they found scales and a gun. Police believe the street value of these drugs could total hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Police say there were four people in the car when it was pulled over, but only three were arrested. Police believe the fourth person didn't have any idea what was going on, so they let him go.

While the investigation continues, Wesley Love, Jacqueline Morris and Jason Carter now face felony charges.

"They're looking at ten to forty years or life in prison for that much cocaine. On top of that with a firearm, they're looking at simultaneous possession. We found some digital scales so it's also possession of drug paraphernalia, so they're looking at a lot of charges," said Brandon.

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