Two Conway men were arrested and charged Wednesday with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of cocaine following a traffic stop just south of Clinton.

Israel M. Lopez, 20, and Omar B. Padilla, 21, were stopped by 20th Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force Agent Todd Bonds on Highway 65 for driving left of center. Padilla, the driver, did not have a valid driver’s license.

After gaining consent to search the vehicle, Bonds noticed a bag containing a small amount of cocaine on the floorboard below the passenger seat.

Both individuals were found to be in possession of various bags of methamphetamine, and Lopez had an additional bag of cocaine. Combined, the methamphetamine and cocaine seized from both men exceeded 18 grams.

"We are patrolling the roads and making a concerted effort to find illegal drugs," 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden said. "My hope is that through our interdiction efforts and through success stories like this one, the drug dealers and transporters will hesitate before travelling on our roadways and through our communities."

Padilla and Lopez are being held in the Van Buren County Detention Center while awaiting a first appearance before a judge. Both men are in the country illegally and are also being held at the request of U.S. Immigration.

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