Parolee accused of taking pills, meth to required drug test

Parolee accused of taking pills, meth to required drug test

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A parolee faces new charges after investigators say he took meth and pills to his drug test.

Joseph Eugene Kensinger, 36, of Yellville was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 9, after controlled substances were found on his person at the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections (ACC) in Mountain Home.

During a required drug test, Kensinger first attempted to substitute a container of another person's urine for his own but ACC officers, according to a news release from the Baxter County Sheriff's Department, uncovered the attempt.

An ACC officer then took Kensinger to the Baxter County Detention Center where a jailer reportedly found 13 hydrocodone and alprazolam pills on him.

During a "more thorough search" the jailer found 1.3 grams of methamphetamine in a clear plastic bag between the cushion and boot of an ankle support boot Kensinger was wearing, the statement said.

Kensinger was booked into the detention center on the following charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)-felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone)-felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam)-felony
  • Furnishing prohibited articles-felony
  • Parole violation-felony

Kensinger remains behind bars in lieu of $25,000 bond on the new charges and without bond on the parole violation. He is scheduled to appear in circuit court later this month.

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