by Chris Harris
Two out-of-state men were arrested Wednesday in a big-money drug bust, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Matthew R. Stock, 26, of Vandalia, Ohio, and Jeffrey Scott Smith, 26, of East Barid, Fla., were both taken into custody and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin), a first offense, and possession of marijuana.
According to the sheriff’s department, the investigation began at around 10 a.m. Wednesday after narcotics detectives received information that a male subject was selling heroin from a room at a local motel.
The information revealed the type of vehicle one of the individuals was operating, which was eventually located at the Red Roof In on South U.S. 27.
The detective conducted surveillance on the vehicle for approximately nine hours, as well as on two rooms at the hotel. This effort results in a search warrant being issued for the vehicle and rooms.
In searching the rooms, investigators discovered over 16 grams of heroin, according to the sheriff’s department. The street value of the drugs was estimated at more than $5,000.
The execution of the search warrants also resulted in the seizure of approximately $2,400, according to the sheriff’s department.
Additionally, detectives alleged located a small amount of marijuana in one of the rooms.
Both suspects were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
Sheriff Todd Wood said that it’s not rare to find drug traffickers from places like Ohio and Florida show up here in Pulaski County.
“Intelligence that we’ve gathered through the last several years (points to) different problems in our region,” he said. “We get a lot of drugs brought into our area, so it’s certainly not uncommon.”