Deputies in Canadian County, Okla., have been credited with one of the largest busts in the country after finding more than 40 pounds of meth in an SUV at a truck stop in Oklahoma City.
It appears that deputies became suspicious after talking with the driver of a semi truck that was hauling an SUV, according to KFOR-TV.
The driver reportedly told authorities he was hauling the SUV which was registered in Colorado, picked up in Los Angeles and was on the way to Missouri. Deputies asked to search the vehicle in question and the driver agreed.
The search revealed that a false compartment had been made to the rear passenger area of the vehicle, News9.com reports. Deputies were able to access the false compartment where 15 bundles of illegal drugs believed to be methamphetamines were located. The total weight of all of the bundles was nearly 43 pounds, with an estimated street value in excess of $2.3 million.
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“It was great investigative work of the deputy,” said Darrell Weaver, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, according to KOKH-TV. “I applaud the deputy for doing such work.”
Officials have said they don’t think the driver knew what he was hauling, and he agreed to work with deputies and led them to a house in Missouri where they found more meth, guns and a substantial amount of cash.
Six people ended up being arrested and will be transferred to a Federal Detention Center where they will be charged with trafficking narcotics, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, money laundering, and weapons related charges.