TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A Trumann man faces multiple drug charges after police say they found more than 4 pounds of pot in his car.
Shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, while patrolling Melody Avenue, Corporal Jared Cook reported seeing a silver Nissan Maxima race up to the intersection of Mulberry Drive and quickly stop.
The car then sped off, heading west on Mulberry.
With his lights and sirens on, Cook chased the car to the intersection of Autumn Pass and West Main where it eventually pulled over.
As he approached the car, Cook stated in his report he could smell "a very strong odor of green marijuana coming from inside the vehicle."
Cook asked the driver, later identified as 27-year-old Noah Johnson of Trumann, why he was speeding.
Johnson reportedly told the officer the car's stick shift was "throwing him off."
According to the report, Cook asked Johnson to get out of the car.
After getting permission to search the car, Cook reportedly asked Johnson if he had a "small amount of marijuana" in his vehicle or on his person.
"He stated no," the report said.
While searching Johnson, the officer reportedly found a 9mm handgun loaded with hollow points in his waistline.
Johnson claimed the gun was legal and that he had it for protection after being robbed of $800.
While Cook ran Johnson's name through dispatch, several other officers arrived and began searching the car.
During the search, according to the report, the officers found a suitcase containing four large Ziploc bags containing 4.3 pounds of marijuana.
When asked about the drugs, Johnson told Cook he had "just had a baby" and his brother dropped the car off at a Jonesboro hospital for him to drive to Trumann. He then reportedly said he was going to the gas station.
Cook arrested Johnson on suspicion of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with purpose to deliver; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, carrying a weapon, and no driver's license.
He is being held in the Poinsett County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash or surety bond.
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