Sheriff's office seizes $44k worth of meth

Scales at the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office display a recent confiscation of methamphetamine that deputies said was worth approximately $40,000.

The Ashley County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant last week that led to the the largest methamphetamine bust in county history when they confiscated nearly a pound of suspected meth.

ACSO investigator Tad Huntsman said the ASCO executed a warrant at 1627 Highway 52 W., in Crossett on Oct. 23.

The search produced 14.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine. Huntsman said the suspected drugs have a street value of approximately $40,000.

Jose Chavez, 33, an undocumented alien, was arrested for trafficking of a controlled substance and is being detained on a warrant from the department of homeland security for illegal reentry along with a bond of $200,000.

Investigator Mark Griever said it was the most methamphetamine he has ever seen at one time. Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon said the confiscation is the county’s largest ever meth bust.

No other information about the arrest was released at this time.

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