How many pounds of pot?!

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Lt. Bryan Francis with the Mount Pleasant Police Department:

The Mount Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) along with Arkansas authorities and the Joint FBI/DEA HIDTA task force again showed commitment to work together in an effort to arrest and prosecute drug traffickers who operate along Interstate 30.

On Tuesday, June 17th, Mount Pleasant Police Canine Officer Joshua Hatfield stopped a white GMC pickup in the east bound lanes of Interstate 30 for speeding. Officer Hatfield became suspicious when he noticed conflicting stories between the driver and the passenger. Officer Hatfield conducted a further investigation and discovered 68 pounds of marijuana. Officer Hatfield immediately contacted the MPPD Special Crimes Unit (SCU) who in turn contacted the Little Rock, Arkansas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area  task force (HIDTA), consisting of agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and state and local police.

HIDTA task force agents told MPPD officers that the traffickers were targets of a current investigation and asked for MPPD officers to assist them in gathering information on targets of Federal investigations in both the state of Arkansas and Texas. At about 5:00 pm, as a result of the initial traffic stop made by an inquisitive MPPD canine officer, investigative efforts made by MPPD SCU, and surveillance conducted by Federal Task Force agents, federal authorities arrested and ran a simultaneous search warrant on suspected drug traffickers in Little Rock, Arkansas. Earl and Jermain Stallcup, of Little Rock were arrested by the Federal task force on charges relating to drug trafficking.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is always willing to assist federal, state and local authorities in major investigations. We, here at MPPD, know that criminals do not confine themselves to jurisdictions and therefore we don't confine information we gather to our jurisdiction. We are proud of the relationships we have been able to build with other agencies and look forward to future joint investigations.