Ark. police seize $1.3M of cocaine from truck - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Ark. police seize $1.3M of cocaine from truck

(Courtesy: Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department) (Courtesy: Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department)
(Courtesy: Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department) (Courtesy: Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department)

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - Arkansas State Police seized more than one million dollars worth of cocaine Wednesday from a tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 near West Memphis.

According to State Police Lt. James Speer, the drugs were discovered when 60-year-old Joaquin Lopez of Vinton, Texas was pulled over for a routine safety inspection on I-40 at Airport Road.

During the inspection, officers found 53 bundles of cocaine, weighing 116 pounds and worth $1.3 million, in two duffel bags that looked like they were carrying clothes.

"Officers saw two large bags in the sleep area of the truck and began to ask the driver about those," Speer said. "At one point, the driver threw his hands up in the air and said, 'Yeah, you got me.  You know what's in there.'"

Lopez was carrying a legitimate load in the back of his truck, and told arresting officers he was new to the drug trafficking business.

"He says it was his first trip, the first time to do this, and he got caught," Speer said.

Lopez told officers he had three stops to make before unloading the cocaine in New York.  Instead, his journey ended prematurely in the Crittenden County Jail.


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