Hopkinsville, Kentucky (NewsFirst) — In February of 2024, members of the DEA Paducah Post of Duty, Hopkinsville Police Department Special Investigations Unit, and Army Criminal Investigation Division received information that Antonio Matlock was importing and distributing large amounts of crystal methamphetamine in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and surrounding areas in Western Kentucky.

On April 4, 2024, investigators learned that Matlock was suspected to be acquiring a large amount of crystal methamphetamine to import back into Western Kentucky from an out of state location.

Troopers with the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Ford Explorer near the Kentucky/Tennessee state line on I-24 West that was occupied by Antonio Matlock and Tonya Maples.

A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a suit case containing approximately 22 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine.

Following the seizure, Antonio Matlock and Tonya Maples were charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine and booked into the Christian County Jail.

DEA Paducah, Hopkinsville Police Department Special Investigation Unit, and Army CID were assisted in this investigation by members of Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations Unit, Hopkinsville Police Department Crime Suppression Unit, Madisonville Police Department, and Christian County Sheriff’s Office.