Accident investigation morphs into one of the largest drug busts in Arkansas history


A California couple is behind bars after the Van Buren Arkansas Police Department made the largest Methamphetamine bust in the history of Van Buren, and one of the largest in the state of Arkansas, according to Van Buren Police. 

Rebecca Brenes, 44, and Jose Jimenez-Cruz, 27, were arrested after they were involved in an accident and officers working the crash noticed the couple suspicious behavior, leading them to a deeper investigation of their vehicle.

It happened last Wednesday when Van Buren Police officers responded to a late evening accident on Pointer Trail in Van Buren.

Brenes, who was driving on Interstate 40, took exit 5 in Van Buren to get fuel, but when she turned left onto Pointer Train, she did so in front of another vehicle, causing a collision.

When officers arrived at the scene, they immediately observed suspicious behavior by the Brenes, and Jimenez-Cruz, her passenger.

An officer noticed Brenes acting overly nervous, leading him to investigate further, and ultimately locating an extremely large amount of methamphetamine in the back of the vehicle.

That led to the seizure of more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine, and more than  500 30 mg Oxycodone tablets.

The 12th / 21st Judicial District Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were contacted and assisted with a follow up investigation.

Brenes and Jimenez-Cruz were charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with Trafficking a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine-over 200 grams). They are being held at the Crawford County Detention Center with no bond.

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