KINGMAN – Personnel from various agencies executed a drug bust together after a commercial truck driver tried to bypass the Interstate 40 Topock Port of Entry, about 70 miles west of Kingman. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Officer Brian Farrington reportedly executed a June 6 traffic stop and escorted the big rig back to the Port of Entry.
“The inspection revealed problems with the travel logs and the driver’s testimony about his travels,” an ADOT news release stated. It said he denied having drugs or alcohol and authorized a consent search.
“The officer found three large boxes of packaged cocaine in the sleeper compartment of the commercial vehicle,” the news release said. “The total amount of cocaine – 89 kilos or 198.6 pounds – has an estimated street value of about $4.55 million.”
ADOT said the truck driver was arrested and turned over to the MAGNET narcotics task force for additional investigation. Deputy Kingman Police Chief Joel Freed identified the suspect booked into the Adult Detention Center as Amanpreet Singh, 36, of India.
Freed said the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office K/9 “Grimm” helped officers locate the hidden cocaine.