Agents of the Twentieth Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force, while conducting routine traffic patrol and narcotics interdiction, arrested two men for possession of over 18 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine.
Israel M. Lopez, age 20, and Omar B. Padilla, age 21, both of Conway, were stopped by a DCTF Agent on Highway 65 South of Clinton for driving left of center. After making contact with the driver, Mr. Padilla, it was determined that he did not have a valid driver's license.
After gaining consent to search the vehicle from Padilla, Agent Bonds saw a bag containing a small amount of cocaine on the floorboard below the passenger seat.
After Padilla and Lopez were arrested, both were found to be in possession of various bags of methamphetamine and Lopez had an additional bag of cocaine. All together the methamphetamine and cocaine seized from both individuals exceeded 18 grams.
"We are patrolling the roads and making a concerted effort to find illegal drugs. My hope is that through our interdiction efforts and through success stories like this one, the drug dealers and transporters will hesitate before traveling on our roadways and through our communities." said Twentieth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden.
Both Padilla and Lopez were charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of cocaine. The pair is presently being held in the Van Buren County Detention Center while awaiting a first appearance before a judge. Both are in this country illegally and are also being held at the request of U.S. Immigration.