Officers find 80 pounds of methamphetamine in Jasper County


A "routine traffic stop" ended with the seizure of approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine in Jasper County on March 17, reports the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

According to a news release from Sheriff Mitchel Newman, Narcotics Investigator S. Duncan and Patrol Supervisor J. Cooper, along with the assistance of Deputy J. Blueitt and K-9 Officer J. Neel, initiated a search of a vehicle on Highway 96 in front of the Boot Barn in Jasper. The multi-agency effort was based upon a routine traffic stop performed by Lt. Duncan, the sheriff's office said.

The driver granted permission to search the vehicle, and that's when investigators found approximately 80 pounds of meth in a hidden, sealed compartment in the under structure of the truck. 

Sheriff Newman said that he and his deputies "will be continuing this team effort to rid Jasper County of the drug problems," and added, "With the interstate shut down, there is no telling what kind of drug traffic is flowing through our county."