Jonesboro police discover 20 pounds of pot in home

Source: Jonesboro Police Department
Source: Jonesboro Police Department
Source: Jonesboro Police Department
Source: Jonesboro Police Department

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A reported drug sale on the Kroger parking lot in Jonesboro landed two men in jail Wednesday.

According to court records, agents with the Second Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF) were conducting surveillance on a home in the 1800-block of Fairlane when they reported seeing Bobby Lee Jones leave the house.

Investigators say Jones drove directly to the Kroger parking lot on Caraway Road and pulled in beside a Chevy Impala.  A man, later identified as Justin Judd of Paragould, then got in the passenger side.  A short time later Judd reportedly exited the car, carrying an overnight bag.  Judd then handed Jones something.

Both vehicles then left the parking lot, with police following behind.  Judd's vehicle was stopped a short time later at the Sonic Drive-In on Highway 49 North.  Officers searching the car reported finding a pound of marijuana wrapped in a black trash bag.  You can read the full report here.

Meanwhile, agents with the DTF, the PROWL Unit and the JPD SWAT Team executed a search warrant at the home on Fairlane.

According to the probable cause affidavit, once inside the home agents "could immediately smell the odor of green marijuana."

Investigators reportedly found a large duffel bag in a bedroom containing 20 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags.  They also reported finding a safe containing more marijuana, as well as a loaded .40 Smith and Wesson handgun.  The search of the home also reportedly turned up several sets of digital scales, rolling papers and $452 cash.

Jones was arrested and taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance-marijuana (10 to 25 pounds) with the purpose to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He appeared in District Court on Thursday where a judge set his bond at $7,500.

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