A trucker is behind bars following a traffic stop on California's Interstate 5 near Bakersfield Wednesday morning.
According to the California Highway Patrol, troopers conducted a traffic stop on a semi-truck traveling northbound around 12:15 am. During the traffic stop, the officer noted "several indicators of criminal activity" prompting a search of the truck and trailer.
Officers called in the assistance of K-9 Bart who quickly alerted to the rear of the trailer. As officers conducted their search of the trailer they located four suitcases containing individual packages of what they believe to be methamphetamine. The driver was arrested and booked into Kern County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and sale and transportation of the drug across noncontigous counties.
Another Trucker Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison After Transporting 72 Kilograms of Meth
On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced the sentencing of another meth-smuggling trucker. Dejohntae Zeche Keith Williams, of California, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine into Indiana.
According to a press release, Indiana State Troopers pulled Williams over on May 7th, 2021 after clocking him speeding on Interstate 65 in Indiana. Troopers conducted a search of his semi and found two large duffle bags in his sleeper containing approximately 162 pounds of meth. During the investigation, Williams confirmed he was transporting the drugs to Louisville in exchange for a $30,000 payment.
“The Indiana State Police will continue to work with its federal, county and local law enforcement partners in an effort to not only keep these dangerous and potentially deadly drugs out of our communities, but to also hold those responsible for transporting and trafficking them into those communities,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent, Doug Carter.