An out-of-state resident was arrested along Interstate 40 early Wednesday morning on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine across multiple states.
Roberto Azamar Rodriguez, 32, was reportedly driving a silver Cadillac SRX along I-40 when an Arkansas State Trooper saw his license plate cover was partially covered andpulled him over shortly after midnight near the 123 mile marker, according to a felony probable cause affidavit.
While speaking with Rodriguez, the trooper called a translator because "the driver was nervous and could not speak much English."
Rodriguez said he had been in Oklahoma since Thanksgiving visiting family and friends. However, he later admitted he was taking meth to North Carolina after a trooper searched his vehicle and found approximately 2 pounds of suspected methamphetamine under the cup holders in the back of the vehicle.
"While searching the vehicle, Cpl. [Brandon] Bennett noticed several car deodorizers hanging throughout the vehicle and a plastic baggie under the rear seat filled with numerous deodorizers," the affidavit reads in part. "The plastic was pulled back and a strong odor of what smelt like detergent was detected. A dark colored shirt was located in a natural void in the rear cargo area, under the cup holders. Once the shirt was removed, a plastic baggie containing approximately two pounds of methamphetamine was located."
According to the affidavit, the 32-year-old "admitted that this was his first time to transport methamphetamine" and also that he bought it for $6,000 and "was on his way back to North Carolina with it."
Online records show Rodgriguez was still behind bars as of press time Wednesday.