- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

SCOTT, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police have seized what the agency says is believed to be a record amount of methamphetamine.

State police announced Thursday that 276 pounds of the drug worth an estimated $10 million was found in the trailer of a rig on Interstate 40 near Scott in Lonoke County - just east of Little Rock. The seizure is believed to be the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in Arkansas law enforcement history.

A trooper patrolling the area saw the truck parked on the shoulder of the interstate and stopped to check on the driver. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the trooper had a short conversation with the driver that lead him to be concerned about what cargo was in the truck.

The driver eventually gave permission for a search of the trailer where the illegal drug was found.

Sadler said the trooper found the mostly liquid methamphetamine in 5-gallon glass containers, stacked in the trailer.

“Right now, the methamphetamine is in our evidence storage,” Sadler said. “There are proper protocols to dispose of it. It can’t be burned or dumped. We’ll follow the proper safety procedures to dispose of it at the proper time.”

The driver was arrested on suspicion of trafficking a controlled substance and was being held without bond in Lonoke County Jail.

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