Man named Cartell behind bars on drug charges

Man named Cartell behind bars on drug charges

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man by the name of Cartell lived up to his name Sunday when he was arrested on multiple drug and weapon charges.

According to a Jonesboro police report, Officer Austin Morgan was surveying North Allis Street in reference to several complaints of drug activity at the Octagon Apartments.

Officer Morgan notified dispatch that he heard a shotgun blast around 11:40 p.m., which sounded like it came from the area of North Bridge and Hoover Streets.

A man and woman in the area flagged down Officer Morgan and told him the man who fired the shot ran east.

The officer drove around the area to try to find the man, who the witnesses only described as being black.

He saw a man standing nearing the Octagon Apartments. The report states that once the man saw Morgan's patrol car he "immediately began running southeast."

The officer followed him, but the man was nowhere to be seen once he got back to Allis Street.

A short time later, Officer Morgan reported seeing the man, later identified as 23-year-old Trent Cartell Palmer, come out of an apartment and try to open the trunk of an old car.

The officer then identified himself and asked Palmer for permission to search the car.

Palmer told him that the car did not belong to him so he did not want to give him permission to search it.

Officer Morgan then learned that Palmer had a warrant out for his arrest for contempt of court for drug offender school.

A K9 officer was then called in to sweep the old car. According to the court documents, the canine alerted to drugs in the car.

Officers also reportedly found a shotgun wrapped in a towel inside the car.

The report states that the sawed-off shotgun had a swastika in the stock and the serial number had been filed off.

A spent shotgun shell was in the chamber.

There was also a Mason jar and a Tupperware container with bags of marijuana in them inside the truck, the affidavit stated.

Officers also found a 1911-style pistol, a box of plastic bags, and several small bags of marijuana packaged for sale.

Palmer was arrested and taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

On Monday, a judge found probable cause to charge him with felonies for possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with the purpose to deliver, possession of a firearm by certain persons, possession of a defaced firearm, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

He is also facing a misdemeanor charge for discharging firearms within city limits.

He was given a $5,000 bond and is expected back in court on Feb. 26.

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