Major meth bust in Polk County

Major meth bust in Polk County

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It started as a routine traffic stop. It ended with so much more.

Polk County detectives say they uncovered more than 110 pounds of meth after stopping two men in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee on U.S. Highway 27.

In total, deputies say, the stash is worth $5 million to $10 million. Sheriff Grady Judd said detectives believe it may have come from Mexico.

Detectives said the driver, 21-year-old Scott Eargood, has a suspended license, so they searched the vehicle. They found $3,400 in cash, as well as .5 pound of methamphetamine.

Santos Zamora-Escobar, 27, was also in the car. That led them to a so-called stash house, where detectives uncovered the rest of the meth inside the drywall of a bathroom.

"I've said it before, and it's never been more true: There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop," Judd said in a statement. "As soon as our detectives saw the half-pound of Meth that the suspects took great measures to conceal in their vehicle, they knew there was more to the story.  Their detective skills are unsurpassed, and I could not be more proud of them for locating and seizing the largest amount of Meth ever seized in our county.  But our investigation has just begun.  Through our partnerships with ICE and other federal agencies, we will identify and prosecute everyone involved in the distribution of these illegal drugs."

The men have been federally indicted on drug charges.

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