Genius Transporting $200K of Meth on I-70 Didn't Have Valid License, Police Say


Police say that bundle in the middle is worth more than $200,000. - VIA THE MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

Friendly advice for any would-be drug traffickers: If you intend to ferry some $200,000 worth of illicit substances in a vehicle from one place to the next, it would be a good idea make sure that you, at the very least, have a valid driver's license.

It's a lesson 25-year-old Quayde N. Kelly learned the hard way this week.  KSDK reports the Evansville, Indiana resident was stopped Monday around 5 p.m. by a Missouri state trooper, who reportedly found 5.8 pounds of meth. The department puts the street value at $217,723.20.

They made the seizure on I-70 in Callaway County, about an hour and a half west of St. Louis.

In addition to the meth, police say they found more than three pounds of marijuana, some drug paraphernalia and a stash of Adderall in the vehicle, according to KMIZ in Jefferson City.

Fellow Evansville resident Dnasia L. Chism, 29, and Los Angeles resident Myrtis C. Chism, 26, were in the car as well, and were also taken into custody. Each of the three was arrested on charges of drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. In what is probably the least of his worries at the moment (but that should have been in the front of his mind in the moment he decided to take the wheel), Kelly is also charged with not having a valid license.

It should go without saying, but this is not the way to run a drug empire, guys. The devil is in the details, and "valid ID" is a pretty important one if you don't want an officer asking a lot of questions during a traffic stop.

Seriously, sloppy work, y'all. Gus Fring would've never even taken your call.
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