NWA Drug Agents Make Methamphetamine Trafficking Bust

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Northwest Arkansas drug task force agents arrested a California man Thursday in a drug trafficking bust where detectives confiscated four pounds of methamphetamine.

Jacob Buckhalter, 30, was arrested in Springdale on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine. He remained Friday morning in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. He has an initial court date set for Nov. 3, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force has been investigating a methamphetamine trafficking ring over the past several months in Northwest Arkansas. A confidential informant told detectives a shipment of four pounds of methamphetamine was going to be transported from California to Northwest Arkansas, according to a preliminary report of the arrest.

Investigators acted on the tip and teamed up with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the Springdale police Narcotics Unit to locate the drug shipment at an unidentified truck stop in Springdale, the preliminary report states.

Drug agents noticed suspects handing off a large black bag and a large red and black bag, then leaving the truck stop. Authorities stopped the men and detained everyone involved, the report states. The preliminary report accounts for four suspects at the scene, including Buckhalter’s brother Elijah.

Officers found four pounds of methamphetamine in one of the bags and arrested Buckhalter. The report does not state what happened to the other suspects.