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Polk traffic stop nets 110 pounds of meth

Two Polk County men have been charged after a routine traffic stop last week yielded the seizure of 110 pounds of methamphetamines worth $2.2 million. Officials said it was the largest meth seizure ever in Polk County. The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Scott Eargood, 21, and Santos Zamora-Escobar, 21, both of Poinciana, with possession and conspiracy to distribute meth. If convicted, both face a mandatory minimum of 10 years, and up to life in prison.
The sheriff’s office said deputies pulled over a Jeep Cherokee driven by Eargood on U.S. 27 in Frostproof on May 3 after they determined he was driving with a suspended license and was wanted for violation of probation on a battery charge in Hillsborough County. Upon searching the car, detectives found more than $3,400 bundled in rubber bands and a half-pound of meth inside a “trap” door in the bed of the Jeep, the sheriff’s office said. Eargood and Zamora-Escobar were then taken into custody, deputies said. Inside their residence, at 1103 N. Platte Lane, detectives found a trap inside the drywall of a bathroom that contained 110 pounds of meth. The investigation is ongoing.
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