Arkansas Highway Police working at the Alma Weigh Station have recovered over 570 pounds of marijuana during two separate commercial vehicle inspections this week.
The first drug bust happened just before 10 a.m. on April 22 when Arkansas troopers attempted to stop a truck at the Alma Weigh Station on eastbound I-40. The truck driver refused to pull over for troopers for some time. When he did, officers said that he appeared to be nervous and that there were discrepancies in his log book. Troopers also spotted trash bags in his trailer that didn’t seem to be part of his load of produce.
After obtaining the driver’s consent, troopers found 201 bundles of marijuana weighing 232 pounds. Both the truck driver and his co-driver were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The second drug bust happened on April 30 just before 1 a.m. During a commercial vehicle inspection at the Alma Weigh Station, an Arkansas trooper “had reason to believe that portions of the freight being transported were not legitimate.” Troopers searched the truck with the driver’s consent and found 340 pounds of marijuana and 2340 units of cannabis oil. The estimated street value of the drugs is $2.2. million.
Forty-five year old truck driver Alan Ngo was arrested and charged with no record of duty status, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.