Paragould man arrested on drug charges

Badges and Blue Light Found During Arrest in Paragould

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Greene County Sheriff's Department arrested a parolee Friday on multiple drugs and weapons related charges.

Inside his home, deputies also found a portable police blue light and two law enforcement badges.

According to the incident report, a probation and parole search was conducted at 51-year-old Michael White's home in the 300-block of Magnolia Drive in Paragould.

Captain Randy Sipes, Lt. Mike Ryles, Sgt. Tony Roe and Probation and Parole Officer Rick Barker conducted the home visit.

In his report, Captain Sipes said he had information that White was in possession of a stolen gun.

When asked about the gun, White said it was in his bedroom.

In his room, officers found the stolen handgun, approximately 4 grams of meth, digital scales, spoons with meth residue on them and a box full of unused needles.

During the search, a portable blue police light and two generic State of Arkansas law enforcement badges were also found.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter said simply being in possession of the badges and the blue light is against the law.

Sheriff Carter said though they haven't received any reports of White attempting to pull people over or imitating a police officer, it's still concerning.

"They could abduct them. There's a lot of bad stuff that could happen," Sheriff Carter said. "If you're uncomfortable, ask. Say I need to see something else, or can I see that badge again."

White was arrested without incident.

Though he was not charged for possession of the light and badges, what would have been a misdemeanor according to Sheriff Carter, he does face four felony charges related to possession of drugs and weapons.

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