Minor traffic stop leads to major drug bust

Weston Lee Wagner (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Weston Lee Wagner (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro man faces multiple drug charges after police said they found pills and pot in his car during a traffic stop.

According to the initial police report, Officer Erik Johnson observed a white passenger car sitting in the middle of Landsbrook at 6:22 p.m. Thursday.

Johnson stated he saw a man standing beside the car talking to the occupants.

When he approached, the man walked away as the car drove off.

Johnson stopped the car after noticing the front passenger was not wearing a seat belt, the report stated.

While speaking to the driver, later identified as 18-year-old Weston Lee Wagner of Jonesboro, Johnson stated he "could see Wagner shaking and fumbling with papers."

The officer had Wagner exit the vehicle then searched him for weapons. He reported finding two large pocket knives.

When asked if he had anything illegal in his car, Wagner reportedly said he "had a little bit of marijuana and some pills."

After receiving consent from Wagner to search the vehicle Johnson deployed his K9 partner, Gabo.

According to the report, Gabo gave a "positive alert."

Johnson returned Gabo to the cruiser then searched Wagner's vehicle.

The search turned up two clear plastic baggies in the console along with a set of digital scales, the report stated.

One of the bags contained 25 hydrocodone pills. The other bag contained 24 Ecstasy pills, and 90 bars of Xanax, the report stated. The second bag also reportedly contained 12 one-gram baggies of marijuana and another containing 13 grams.

In the spare tire compartment, Johnson reported finding a red marijuana bong.

Johnson seized all of the items and arrested Wagner.

Another officer arrived on the scene and transported Wagner to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was charged with possession of a Schedule I/II substance (not meth or cocaine) with the purpose to deliver, possession of a Schedule III substance with the purpose to deliver, possession of a Schedule IV/V substance with the purpose to deliver, possession of a Schedule VI substance with purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At last report, Wagner was being held without bond awaiting a probable cause hearing.

The passenger was cited for no seat belt and released to his mother.

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