Man arrested for intoxication found with drugs at jail

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro man was arrested for public intoxication Thursday night, but ended up getting more charges by the time he made it to jail.

Officer Paul Williams with the Jonesboro Police Department saw Marcus Powell walking in the middle of Fisher Street around 11:30 p.m. Officer Williams said that he noticed Powell having difficulty walking in a straight line and that he was swerving back and forth in the road.

According to the police report, Officer Williams got out to check on Powell and could smell intoxicants on him. His speech was also slurred and he reportedly didn't know where he was at or where he was coming from.

Powell was arrested for public intoxication and taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

Once they arrived at the detention center Officer Williams was opening the door for Powell to get out of the car when he noticed a small plastic baggie lying on the floor beside the seat.

The bag contained a white substance that appeared to be "a crushed rock type substance." Officer Williams did a field test on the substance and it tested positive for cocaine.

Once they got him inside the jail officers found that Powell had a tourniquet tied on his left arm, just about his elbow. He also had track marks on the inside of his elbow.

Officer Williams said that he had checked the back seat of his car before starting his shift, so he knew that the cocaine had to belong to Powell.

Powell was charged with possession of cocaine and public intoxication.

He is being held pending a probable cause hearing.

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