Larry Bowen was hired to deliver the meat to locations in Alabama and Florida

By Tara Fowler
Updated April 23, 2015 02:45 PM
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Credit: Shelby County District Attorney's Office

An Arkansas truck driver was sentenced on Monday for trading a tractor-trailer packed with $50,000 worth of lunch meat for an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine.

Larry Bowen, 45, faces one year of inpatient drug treatment and six years of probation in the wake of the strange incident, the Associated Press reports.

Last June, Bowen was hired to deliver the meat to locations in Alabama and Florida. But when the meat never showed, the company used the GPS on the tractor-trailer to find the truck.

They located it at a Memphis, Tennessee, service station – and found Bowen next to it, eating a (what else?) lunch meat sandwich, according to WMC.

But the truck’s refrigerated trailer was missing, along with all the lunch meat. Bowen led them to a nearby storage facility, where they recovered two thirds of the missing meat.

As he explained it to police, Bowen “inadvertently” traded the truck and its contents to two men who offered him crack cocaine.

Bowen must also pay $18,500 of restitution for the swap.

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