82 pounds of meth seized, Tennessee man jailed after stop on I-59/20

James Robert Fields and drugs seized in traffic stop (photos from JCSO)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBMA) - The Sheriff's Highway Safety Unit seized 82 pounds of meth during a traffic stop on I-59/20 last Thursday. The drugs have an estimated street value of $1,500,000.

On March 29, a stop was made for a vehicle driving erratically on Interstate 59/20 near mile marker 104. The driver of the vehicle granted consent to a vehicle search.

While executing the search, deputies found what looked to be several small bags of candy in the trunk of the car. A further examination revealed that the packages contained methamphetamine instead of candy.

The driver of the car, 56-year-old James Robert Fields, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Fields is from Memphis, Tenn., and remains in the Jefferson County Jail with a $200,000 bond.

A total of 82 pounds of meth packaged as candy was seized in the search.

The Sheriff’s Office Highway Safety Unit is a task force made up 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.

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