JPD: Man offers cocaine to tattoo customers

JPD: Man offers cocaine to tattoo customers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man told officers he does not sell cocaine, but only gives it to the "young white people" who come to him for tattoos.

According to a Jonesboro Police Department incident report, an officer pulled over a vehicle early Saturday morning on Phillips Drive.

While initiating the traffic stop, the officer recognized the passenger in the car as 38-year-old Thabiti Ali Steward.

Steward is a parolee on active supervision and, according to the incident report, was "possibly involved in the use of sales of illegal narcotics."

While questioning Steward, the officer said Steward denied using drugs and claimed there was nothing in the car. That was a lie, according to the incident report.

The officer's K-9, Shine, alerted to the passenger side door.

Officers searched the car and found a small bag of cocaine inside a Mountain Dew can, a straw with suspected cocaine powder residue and a marijuana cigarette.

Because of his parolee status, officers were also able to search his apartment on Hurst Street in Jonesboro.

According to the incident report, officers found marijuana, a marijuana grinder hidden in the bottom of a Pringle's chip can and two Crown Royal bags full of .45-caliber ammunition.

Steward claimed the bullets were left behind in the apartment from a previous tenant.

Another officer searched the yard and reported finding a crossbow and a black sack with a .45-caliber handgun and extra gun magazines.

After searching the apartment, an officer then searched his patrol car, where he placed Steward.

The officer reported finding a baggie of marijuana and individual baggies of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.

While being booked into the Craighead County Detention Center, Steward said the gun did not belong to him.

According to the incident report, however, Steward admitted that the cocaine was his but he did not sell it.

Instead, Steward told the officer "he would have 'young white people' over to tattoo them" and they would ask for cocaine.

He claims they would pay for the tattoo, not the cocaine, so he was not selling drugs.

Steward faces a long list of charges including:

  • Possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver
  • Possession of scheduled VI substance
  • Possession of scheduled IV or V substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Parole violation
  • Tampering with physical evidence

Steward is currently in the Craighead County Detention Center.

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