A 52-year-old Rio Linda, California man might spend the rest of his life in prison after a federal jury found him guilty of five counts of hauling 54.4 pounds of methamphetamine as well as heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in the car he was towing on his flatbed tow truck.
Each count is punishable by 15 years to life imprisonment, with the exception of the cocaine charge, which is punishable by 10 years to life imprisonment.
According to the criminal complaint, a trooper stopped Arnold Devonne Butler on Interstate 80 east of Cheyenne on May 14, 2019 after noticing there wasn’t a U.S. DOT number on his tow truck, and that the car on his bed was strapped down with straps that were loose and frayed. Butler, when questioned by the trooper, did not seem to understand the commercial vehicle requirements and reported gave inconsistent answers prompting the trooper to conduct an inspection.
The inspection of the vehicle revealed a hidden compartment in the car and 41 packages of suspected methamphetamine, two packages of suspected heroin, two packages of suspected cocaine and one package of an fentanyl.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl ordered a pre-sentence investigation and will set a sentencing date later.