Police: Man on ice after officers find pot in cooler

Police: Man on ice after officers find pot in cooler
Cynthia Kay Pearcy
Cynthia Kay Pearcy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro man got locked up in the cooler after police say they found a “large amount of marijuana” in his ice chest.

Christopher Ryan Willett, 34, is charged with felony possession of a Schedule VI drug with purpose to deliver, possession of a Schedule I or II drug (not meth or cocaine) with the purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tuesday Jonesboro officers and Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant on Willett’s home in the 1200-block of South Main and found a large amount of marijuana in a red cooler, the initial police report stated.

Inside a safe they reported finding more marijuana along with a plastic baggie containing hallucinogenic mushrooms, various pills, a set of digital scales, and an H&R .22 caliber revolver.

Willett is being held in the Craighead County Detention Center (CCDC) in lieu of a probable cause hearing.

In an unrelated story, 50-year-old Cynthia Kay Pearcy of Lake City was arrested early Wednesday morning following a traffic stop on Highway 18.

According to the initial police report, at 2:35 a.m. Officer Bryan Bailey observed Pearcy stop at the Heath Lane intersection for two minutes before signaling to turn eastbound.

Pearcy reportedly told the officer her dog, which was in the passenger seat, had been acting like something was wrong with it.

Bailey stated Pearcy “became nervous and began asking questions.”

After learning from dispatch that Pearcy was driving on a suspended license and had a recent drug arrest history, Bailey took her into custody.

When asked if she had anything illegal, Pearcy reportedly told the officer she had some peach Xanax’s in plastic baggie. She claimed the pills had been prescribed to her but she did not have the prescription with her.

Bailey read Pearcy her Miranda rights then searched her vehicle and purse. Inside a cigarette box Bailey stated he found a baggie containing suspected methamphetamine-ice.

Pearcy told the officer she forgot it was there, the report stated. She told the officer “she guessed she left the Xanax pills at her house.”

Pearcy was taken to the CCDC where she was cited for driving on a suspended license. She was also charged with possession of meth and left in lieu of a probable cause hearing.

Her dog was taken to Jonesboro Animal Control.

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