Police: Woman facing drug charges after traffic stop

Traffic stops leads to drug arrests

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police say a Paragould woman is facing multiple charges after they found drugs in her possession.

According to the incident report, it all began with a traffic stop on Caraway and Johnson at 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Police stopped Marla Jean Gozell, 51, after her SUV crossed the center line several times.

According to the incident report, the officer who spoke with Gozell said she seemed worked up about something.

The officer then noticed a plastic bag sticking out of a red package in Gozell's purse.

The officer asked her if he could see the package and she began pushing the bag down barely showing him the outside of the package.

Gozell said she only had rolling papers inside the package, but as she was touching the bag, the officer smelled the scent of marijuana.

When the officer asked her to give him the package she placed it beside her; the officer then asked her to step out of her SUV.

When he asked her what she took from the bag, she handed the officer a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to marijuana.

According to the incident report, while searching Gozell, the officer found an additional bag containing what he believed to meth.

The officer then took Gozell into custody and asked if she had any other drugs in her possession.

Gozell told the officer she only smoked pot but said she did have a pipe in her purse.

The officer found a pipe used to smoke meth in a black glasses case inside Gozell's purse.

While the officer was taking Gozell to Craighead County Detention Center she managed to slip out of her left handcuff and the officer stopped to re-cuff her.

As they were walking into the CCDC, the officer noticed a plastic bag sticking out from Gozell's shirt.

The officer took two empty wet bags and one partial bag from Gozell, who said she tried to eat them before the traffic stop because she did not want to be charged with delivery.

She told the officer the meth did not belong to her and that she was just taking it to a friend.

While conducting another search of Gozell's purse, the officer found what appeared to be marijuana cigarettes.

Gozell was charged with possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, possession of a schedule VI less than 4 ounces and hazardous driving.

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