Trip to cemetery lands 3 in jail on felony charges

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A trip to the cemetery lands three people behind bars on Sunday night.

According to an incident report from the Craighead County Sheriff's Department, a deputy was called out to the area near New Hope Church on county road 323, in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

When the deputy arrived at the cemetery he saw two cars parked and three people standing outside.

They told the deputy they were there visiting the grave of a family member.

When the deputy ran the names of the three through dispatch, he found Jim Pickle, 50, had extensive history of drugs and a weapons charge.

Pickle was searched and nothing was found.

The deputy then had his K9 partner search the area and found a clear plastic corner bag with a crystal-like substance inside believed to be methamphetamine.

The deputy then asked who's bag that was but they all denied it was theirs. The deputies then let the three know they would all be arrested on the same charge if the owner did not step up.

At one point, Pickle told deputies he would say it was his just so his sister would not be arrested and lose her job.

Everyone continued to deny the drugs were theirs so the deputies decided to arrest all three.

Jim Pickle, William Stephenson, 42, and Audrea Hannah, 47, were taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

All three now face a felony charge for possession of meth and await a probable cause hearing.

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