ARKANSAS STATE POLICE REMOVES $2 MILLION WORTH OF FENTANYL FROM THE STREETS
The Arkansas State Police reported on June 9, 2023, that during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 40, Arkansas State Police seized approximately 50,000 Fentanyl pills and a firearm. The street value of the illegally manufactured drugs is estimated to be over $2 million.
“There’s no telling how many lives were saved by taking such a massive quantity of this deadly substance out of circulation,” said ASP Col. Mike Hagar. “We’re so proud of our Troopers for the courageous and important work they’re doing every day to protect Arkansans.”
The driver and a passenger were taken into custody after a Trooper stopped the vehicle at around 8 a.m. for an improper lane change between Protho Junction and the I-440 interchange. During a vehicle search, the Trooper seized 11.83 pounds or 5 kilograms of Fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
Even in small doses, it can be deadly. One kilo of Fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.
Even 2 milligrams of Fentanyl can be lethal, depending on a person’s body size, tolerance and past usage.
Christopher Monroe adds assault and traffic charges to his drug distribution fanfare of crime
A suspect with outstanding warrants was taken into custody May 20, 2023, after fleeing from Troopers and endangering the public by driving at speeds of up to 120 mph through heavy central Arkansas weekend traffic.
“Our top priority is protecting the lives of Arkansans,” said Arkansas State Police Colonel Mike Hagar. “Our families and loved ones deserve to be able to travel safely on a Saturday afternoon. I thank God for protecting innocent citizens and our Troopers during this incident.”
No motorists were injured as the suspect fled from Troopers on I-40 in North Little Rock, I-30 in Little Rock, Springer Avenue and Roosevelt Road.
The suspect in this pursuit, Christopher Monroe, 42, of Little Rock, had a felony fleeing warrant out of Rockwall County, Texas, and a felony narcotics violation warrant out of Sherwood.
Before the May 20 pursuit and within the past month, Monroe had been involved in high-speed pursuits with Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office; Sherwood Police Department; and ASP Troops E and A.
He was charged in the Eastern District of Arkansas by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Little Rock Office. Charges include:
- – Trafficking fentanyl and cocaine
- – Possession of schedule 1 narcotics*
- – Possession of methamphetamine*
- – Felony fleeing
- – Simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm
- – Aggravated assault on law enforcement
- – Criminal mischief
- * with purpose to deliver