A recent traffic stop on Interstate 30 resulted in the discovery of 64 pounds of marijuana and the arrest of two Hispanic male suspects.
Hope Police Department Media Release:
On August 28, 2018, at approximately 730pm, Hope Police Officer Justin Dean and his K-9 partner, Rojo received a call to assist the Arkansas State Police on Interstate 30 near the 31 mile marker, in Hope, Arkansas.
Upon arrival, Officer Dean made contact with an Arkansas State Trooper who requested that K9 Rojo conduct a free air sniff around a Dodge pickup truck. While conducting the free air sniff, Rojo alerted to the odor of narcotics near the passenger door of the vehicle.
A subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately 64 pounds of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, resulting in the arrest of two Hispanic male suspects. Several of the packages were coated in a red substance believed to grease, commonly used to attempt to mask the odor of narcotics.