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Truck driver trades $50,000 worth of deli meat for crack

By Mason White 1:24 PM April 23, 2015
Larry Ron Bowen 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A company lost their tractor trailer full of meats after a driver traded the meat for crack.

Truck driver Larry Ron Bowen, pleaded guilty to trading $50,000 in deli meat for crack.

Bowen, 45, of Mabelvale, Arkansas, was hired to deliver $50,000 in lunch meat to destinations in Alabama and Florida, but he never showed up.

When the truck disappeared for three days, the company used the GPS tracking device to locate the truck.

The truck was found at a gas station in Memphis, Tennessee. Police officers found the truck and then located Bowen in the area. He was eating a steak sandwich.

The refrigerated trailer, which was holding the meat, was gone and the truck tires had been replaced by cheaper ones.

Police said that Bowen told them that he stopped at the gas station three days before and traded the meat for drugs. He said that two men offered him drugs in exchange for the meat.

The two then took the truck’s refrigerator along with the meat.

It is unclear exactly how much crack he received in exchange for the $50,000 worth of meat.

Bowen was sentenced to a year of inpatient drug treatment and six years of probation. He was also ordered to pay $18,500 in restitution.