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ASP Seized More Then 3,400 Pounds of Illegal Contraband and Weapons in Recent Traffic Stops

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Six recent traffic stops by Arkansas State Police (ASP) resulted in the seizure of 824 pounds of illegal marijuana, 2,638 pounds of illegal marijuana products, and multiple weapons. All six seizures took place on Interstate 40, with three occurring on a single day. And five of six seizures occurred in Crawford County.

ASP TRAFFIC STOP FINDS CAR HAULER TRANSPORTING MORE THAN JUST CARS

On February 14, around 2 p.m., ASP pulled over a tractor-trailer carrying three vehicles at the 1-mile marker Eastbound on Interstate 40 in Crawford County.

During a search of the trailer, Troopers found 18 bags of contraband marijuana, weighing a total of 412 pounds, concealed in trucks being hauled.

Two minor children were also in the tractor-trailer.


More than 400 pounds of illegal marijuana found in vehicles being hauled on I-40

ASP transported the driver, Jezreel Otey, 29, of Little Rock, and passengers Robert Sanders, 33, and Ciara Hewlett, 27, both of North Little Rock, to the Crawford County Jail, where they were charged with Possession of a Scheduled VI Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Hewlett also had an outstanding Felony Warrant out of Little Rock.

ASP seized all three vehicles along with the tractor-trailer.

The children were released into the custody of the Department of Human Services.

MORE THAN 200 POUNDS OF ILLEGAL MARIJUANA AND LOADED HANDGUN DISCOVERED BY ASP DURING TRAFFIC STOP

At approximately 12:10 p.m. on February 20, 2024, a black GMC pickup truck was pulled over by the ASP on Interstate 40 Eastbound at the 8-mile marker for a traffic violation. The driver told the Trooper he was traveling from Oregon to Florida.

More than 200 pounds of illegal marijuana and loaded gun found on Oregon traveler.

Troopers searched the truck and found nine duffle bags containing 211 pounds of illegal marijuana in 190 vacuum-sealed bags. Troopers also discovered a loaded 357 Magnum revolver in a fanny pack on the passenger side of the vehicle, along with $3,978.

ASP transported the driver, Thomas Elliott, 51, of Deerfield Beach, FL, to the Crawford County Jail. Elliott is facing multiple charges, including Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and a Firearm.

ASP FINDS ILLEGAL MARIJUANA AND HANDGUN DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN CRAWFORD COUNTY 

On February 20, 2024, ASP stopped a white Chevrolet Suburban traveling Eastbound on Interstate 40 at the 5-mile marker in Crawford County.

Upon searching the SUV, Troopers discovered three large boxes containing 50 pounds of illegal marijuana in the rear cargo area. Additionally, a 9mm Glock handgun was found in the center console.  

ASP transported the driver, Wynton Foy, 33, of Snellville, GA, and the passenger, De’Ja Johnson, 28, of Atlanta, GA, to the Crawford County Detention Center, where they were charged with Possession with Purpose to Deliver Controlled Substance, Possession of Felony Drug Paraphernalia, and Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and a Firearm. 
 

ASP SEIZED MORE THAN A TON OF THC VAPES AND 21 POUNDS OF ILLEGAL MARIJUANA 

On February 22, 2024, at approximately 10:30 a.m., at the 2-mile marker Eastbound on Interstate 40, ASP pulled over a white Silverado pickup truck towing an enclosed trailer due to a traffic violation.

Troopers searched the trailer and found 2,628 pounds of illegal marijuana vapes and 21 pounds of contraband marijuana.

Troopers arrested Janet Arreola, 29, and Jose Escobedo, 35, both of Cumming, Georgia, and transported them to the Crawford County Detention Center. Both were charged with Trafficking Controlled Substances and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

Troopers seized 2,628 pounds of illegal marijuana vapes during traffic stop.

ASP FINDS MORE THAN 100 POUNDS OF ILLEGAL MARIJUANA DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN LONOKE COUNTY

On February 20, 2024, ASP stopped a black 2023 Chevrolet Equinox near the 173-mile marker on Interstate 40 Eastbound in Lonoke County for a traffic violation.

Upon searching the vehicle, the Trooper discovered a shrink-wrapped package containing 119 bundles of illegal marijuana weighing a total of 126 pounds.

Troopers transported driver Zang Xiong, 34, of Holmen, Wisconsin, to the Lonoke County Detention Center, where he was charged with Felony Possession of a Scheduled VI Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver.  Xiong told the police he was traveling to Mississippi from Oklahoma.

FOURTEEN POUNDS OF ILLEGAL CONTRABAND DISCOVERED DURING TRAFFIC STOP ON INTERSTATE 40 

On February 22, 2024, at approximately 4:04 p.m., ASP stopped a gold Chevrolet Malibu near the 2-mile marker Eastbound on Interstate 40 in Crawford County.

Troopers searched the trunk of the vehicle and located approximately four pounds of illegal marijuana and 10 pounds of illegal marijuana products. Troopers seized the contraband and arrested the driver, Chip Ervin, 45, of Mississippi. 

Troopers transported Ervin to the Crawford County Jail, where he was charged with multiple charges, including Possession with Intent and Deliver Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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