Birmingham, AL 04/04/2018
82 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of nearly $1,500,000.00 was seized during a traffic stop last week.
On March 29, members of the Sheriff’s Highway Safety Unit stopped a Honda for erratic driving on Interstate 59/20 near mile marker 104. The driver of the vehicle granted consent to search for drugs.
During the search of the vehicle a large bag containing several smaller bags of Mexican candy was discovered in the trunk. Deputies noticed the candy felt granular. On closer examination it was discovered that the candy packages contained methamphetamine and not candy.
In total 82 pounds of meth packaged as candy was seized.
The driver of the car was identified as 56-year-old James Robert Fields of Memphis, Tennessee. He was arrested and charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with $200,000 bond.
The Sheriff’s Office Highway Safety Unit is a task force comprised of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers from the Hoover Police Department who have been recognized nationally for their efforts in taking drugs off of our highways and out of our communities. This team is responsible for taking over 30 million dollars of drugs and drug money out of the illegal drug market.
Sheriff Hale is available for comment.