Ninety percent of drug busts happen when police pull over someone for just a traffic violation.
Early this morning, Centerton Police pulled over a vehicle full of people.
“The car was just traveling down 101 with no headlights on,” Sgt. Charles Brockmeyer from the Centerton Police Department said.
A simple traffic stop turned into a major arrest.
“There is a lot of movement going on as soon as they see us and that right there is a huge indicator they are hiding stuff,” Sgt. Brockmeyer said.
Police recovered meth, a loaded stolen firearm, and thousands of dollars.
“We find some local drugs, but the majority here is pass through drugs,” Sgt. Brockmeyer said. “People coming from Rogers and Springdale passing through here to get to Gravette and then on to Oklahoma.”
Centerton Police say from 2015-2017, they have seen more drug busts than the previous ten years combined. And almost all of the busts consisted of someone getting behind the wheel.
“Speeding, running stop signs and more happen because they are paying more attention on where we are than the actual roadway,” Sgt. Brockmeyer said.
With drug-trafficking right under their nose, Centerton Police have added a new face to the team.
“He’s trained in narcotics, tracking, and criminal apprehension,” Officer Blake Almond from the Centerton Police Department said.
A 2 year old black German Shepard named Zorro waits for the call.
“I mean traffic stops are the base for everything,” Officer Almond said. “That’s how you build your investigations out there. You conduct interviews then that leads to search warrants etc.”
It’s all in a day’s work.
“Oh you can tell he’s happy when he nails someone and he’s done his job,” Officer Almond said.