The three Mississippi men were each ordered held in lieu of $1 million cash after they were accused of trafficking a large amount of illegal drugs.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, an Arkansas State Police (ASP) trooper pulled over a vehicle for a lane violation on Interstate 40 west of Russellville, Ark. The vehicle was occupied by Timothy Deshazier, 37, Michael Smith, 45, and Michael McPherson, 47, all of whom appeared nervous, according to a police report.
The officer noted in the report the three men had bad stories and Deshazier, the driver, gave consent to search the vehicle. The officer found a soda can with a false compartment containing a small amount of methamphetamine in the rear floorboard of the vehicle. In the right rear quarter panel of the vehicle, a large bundle of meth was found. The ASP seized 5 pounds 14 ounces of meth from the vehicle with a street value of more than $266,000.
The men were in a rental car with a San Diego, Calif., origin and possible destination of Corinth. Press reports in Arkansas said the men are from Corinth.
All three men appeared in felony bond hearings Wednesday. If charged, they will appear Dec. 16 in Circuit Court.
Deshazier said Wednesday he did not know the drugs were in the car.