A routine traffic stop Tuesday on southbound Interstate 95 resulted in a large drug bust for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Two Jacksonville residents were arrested after 2.2 pounds of crystal meth were found in their vehicle.
LCSO Narcotics Officer Lt. Jeff Hein said roughly a kilo of meth was confiscated, and James Wiley and Sandra White, both of Jacksonville, were arrested.
LCSO Interdiction Team members stopped a Toyota Camry for weaving across the roadway. When the deputies approached the vehicle, they detected a strong odor of what they believed to be marijuana. The authorities called for a K-9 unit, and the police dog alerted them to the presence of drugs, prompting deputies to search the vehicle, driver and passenger. They found two plastic bags of suspected crystal meth and a small quantity of suspected marijuana inside White’s purse. She had been riding in the passenger seat.
Deputies also discovered a large plastic bag of suspected crystal meth double-wrapped and concealed in the vehicle’s center console.
Hein said the officers conducted a field test, which yielded a positive result for crystal meth. The drugs have a street value of $100,000.
Wiley, who was driving, and White were arrested and transported to the Liberty County Jail. Both are waiting for bond hearings.