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Man pulled over for texting and driving, arrested for cocaine

Spencer Deral Smith (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Spencer Deral Smith (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Using his phone while driving landed a Jonesboro man in jail on drug charges Friday night.

A Jonesboro police officer was in his patrol vehicle when he saw a silver Impala headed south on Patrick Street around 5 p.m.

The driver, later identified as Spencer Smith, reportedly had his phone in front of his face and appeared to be texting.

Once the officer pulled the car over, he told Smith he pulled him over for texting and driving.

Smith told the officer he was looking through his phone and that he “does this every day and has never been pulled over for it,” according to court documents.

The officer explained to Smith that he couldn’t use a handheld cell phone while driving.

The court documents state Smith was “extremely nervous with uncontrollable shaking.”

Smith gave permission for police to search him, but changed his mind once the officer tried to reach into his back pocket.

A K-9 officer was called to the scene and alerted to drugs in the vehicle.

Officers searched the vehicle, but could not find any narcotics. So, the K-9 was asked to pinpoint where the drugs were located.

The K-9 alerted to the driver’s seat, which indicated that Smith had the drugs concealed in his pants.

Smith was then searched and a clear plastic baggie fell from his shorts.

Suspected crack cocaine was inside the bag. According to the affidavit, the drugs appeared to be packaged to sell.

There was also marijuana and $1,036 found on Smith.

Smith was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center and his car was towed from the scene.

On Monday a district court judge found probable cause to charge Smith with a felony for possession of meth or cocaine greater than 2 grams but less than 10 grams with the purpose to deliver and a misdemeanor for possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance less than 4 ounces.

He is scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 30.

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