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Investigators with the Arkansas State Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) intercepted nearly 5 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Saturday morning in Pope County.691E_BARNES__SUSIAN

Susian Barnes, 44, of Center Ridge was driving east on Interstate 40 when she was stopped at 9 a.m. near the 82 mile marker for a lane violation. Patricia Fulton, 50, of Greenbrier was a passenger in the vehicle.

Officers noted the “occupants were extremely nervous” and “had conflicting stories.”

When asked for consent to search the vehicle, Barnes refused, according to a police report. Fulton allegedly “admitted to eating a [marijuana] joint” when pulled over, giving officers probable cause for a search.

With the help of the K-9 unit, officers found three large packages of methamphetamine totaling 4.8 pounds in the truck’s tool box, the report stated. The DEA estimated the street value of the methamphetamine found to be more than $200,000.

Investigators also found and seized a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, as well as scales and other paraphernalia.

The methamphetamine was reportedly headed to Conway from Porterville, Calif., meaning it had been transported more than 1,600 miles and was seized less than 50 miles short of its intended destination.

Barnes and Fulton appeared before District Judge Don Bourne during felony bond hearings Monday at the Pope County Detention Center.1ESC_FULTON__PATRICIA

Bourne found there was probable cause to arrest the women and set an arraignment for Feb. 2, 2015, where they will face charges of trafficking methamphetamine, simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fulton, who has a prior felony conviction, was ordered held in lieu of a $50,000 bond, and Barnes was ordered held in lieu of a $40,000

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