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$2.2M in marijuana found in recent bust

ALMA, Ark. (KARK) - Drugs valued at more than $2 million have been found after a truck was pulled over for an inspection by the Arkansas Highway Police (AHP).

It's the second big bust within eight days for the AHP at the Alma Weigh Station on Interstate 40 eastbound.

A news release issued by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) provided details.

An AHP officer conducting a safety inspection on a commercial vehicle just before 1 a.m. Monday (April 30) reported suspicion that portions of the truck's freight were not legitimate.

After the driver gave consent to search the vehicle, officers found 340 pounds of marijuana and 2,340 units of cannabis oil.

Driver Alan Ngo, 45, of Fountain Valley, California, is being held at the Crawford County Jail. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and no record of duty status.

The vehicle carrying the marijuana had traveled from California and was headed to Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

On April 22 at the same weigh station, the search of a tractor-trailer turned up 232 pounds of marijuana and two people were arrested. That truck was traveling from California to Tampa, Florida. See related story attached above for more.


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