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Missouri couple arrested for meth, baby unsecured in the back seat

Amy Elizabeth Barger, 26 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Amy Elizabeth Barger, 26 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Justin Robert Cunningham, 32 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Justin Robert Cunningham, 32 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Police arrested two Cooter, MO residents in Jonesboro Saturday evening on drug charges while a young child was in the car with them.

The police report states that Jonesboro Officer Bryan Bailey was watching a “known drug apartment” on Warner Street around 4:20 p.m. Saturday.

The officer watched a car pull onto Warner Street then turn onto Vine Street without using a turn signal.

He made a traffic stop on the Chevrolet Cobalt.

He talked to the driver, who was identified as 26-year-old Amy Barger, and told her why he made the traffic stop.

There was a passenger with Barger, who told police his name was Robert Barker. Officers couldn’t get a return on that name though.

Barger then told Officer Bailey that the passenger was actually 32-year-old Justin Cunningham and that he lied because he had warrants out for his arrest.

When Officer Bailey asked Barger if she had anything illegal with her she said no and consented to a search of the vehicle.

But before searching the car Officer Bailey saw a “small, cellophane baggie containing a crystal-like substance of suspected methamphetamine fall from her waistline to the ground,” the report stated.

He then found a glass pipe with white residue on it inside a sock in the passenger-side floor board of the car.

Barger and Cunningham were both arrested.

Cunningham told Officer Bailey that the meth was his and that he had handed it to Barger to hide it when he saw the police.

They also told officers that the pipe was both of theirs and they planned to smoke the meth once they got home and put their 16-month-old daughter, who was in the backseat of the car, to sleep.

Officer Bailey noticed the young girl was sitting in a car seat that wasn’t buckled into the car.

A relative came to pick up the child and Barger and Cunningham were taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

Barger was charged with no child restraint, possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cunningham was charged with possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and nonpayment of fines.

They are both expected in court on Monday.

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