JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro couple was arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs after a Craighead County sheriff's deputy said he found $8,500 worth of meth hidden in the grille of their SUV.
Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, while patrolling Highway 226 near Cash, Deputy Brandon Womack reported seeing a Suzuki Grand Vitara cross the center line several times.
Believing the driver might be impaired, Womack stopped the vehicle.
The driver, later identified as Jessica Ann Bolin, 34, of Jonesboro, told Womack she and Robert Bryan Holt, 42, also of Jonesboro were returning from Bald Knob and that "she was having trouble seeing at night," according to the incident report.
Bolin also reportedly told the deputy her driver's license was suspended and Holt could not see well at night to drive.
While waiting for Bolin and Holt to retrieve their identification and insurance papers, Womack stated he "noticed the driver to be shaking uncontrollably to the point that she was dropping numerous credit cards and other documents."
Upon seeing this, the deputy ran the couple's names through dispatch and learned that both had criminal histories, including "numerous narcotic-related arrests," the report stated.
At that time Womack took Bolin and Holt into custody and patted each of them down. During the search Womack reportedly found a plastic baggie containing a small amount of methamphetamine inside Bolin's pocket.
Knowing that Holt was on parole, Womack asked if he had a pass from his parole officer to travel out of the county. Holt said he did not have one and had not attempted to get one, the report stated.
After receiving consent from Bolin, Womack then searched the car and reported finding "numerous cell phones, a box of plastic bags, rubber bands and electrical tape."
Womack then retrieved his K9 partner, Renko, to conduct an exterior search of the SUV.
Upon reaching the front of the vehicle, Womack stated "Renko showed a great amount of interest in the grille area."
After the canine gave a final alert, the deputy raised the hood and found a black bag wedged between the battery and the firewall. Inside the bag he found numerous plastic bags containing 85 grams of suspected methamphetamine valued at $8,500, the report stated.
Womack took both suspects to the Craighead County Detention Center where they were both charged with possession of meth or cocaine with the purpose to deliver, greater than 10 grams but less than 200 grams; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bolin was also charged with driving on a suspended license and careless driving.
Holt was charged with a parole violation.
During questioning at the jail, Bolin reportedly told Womack she and Holt were returning from Batesville where they had purchased the suspected methamphetamine.