Inoperable taillights lead to drug charges for Blytheville man

Inoperable taillights lead to drug charges for Blytheville man

A Blytheville man faces drug charges after being arrested in Paragould.

A Greene County sheriff's deputy stopped a 2001 Nissan Altima at the intersection of South 6th Street and West Vine street after noticing the taillights weren't working on the vehicle when the driver pushed the brakes.

After activating his lights, the deputy stated he saw two passengers in the backseat of the Nissan moving around.

Once the deputy told the driver why they were pulled over and asked for identification, the deputy reported seeing a passenger in the backseat trying to hide a black container that was placed on his lap into his waistband.

The deputy said he then called for backup due to the behavior of the passengers.

Once backup arrived, the deputy said he frisked 30-year-old Robert Stigall to check for weapons.

After the search, the deputy asked the Stigall about the black container that he saw in the passenger's lap earlier and then Stigall handed the container to the deputy.

According to an incident report, the deputy found two small plastic bags containing a white crystal-like substance.

After the discovery, Stigall was arrested for possession of meth and the deputy asked the rest of the passengers in the vehicle if there was anything else illegal in it.

Stigall responded saying he had a "one hitter laying in the backseat," according to the report.

The deputy reported finding a wooden container with a small amount of a green, leafy substance and a metal smoking pipe with burnt marijuana residue inside of it in the backseat where Stigall was sitting.

Stigall was taken to the Greene County Jail and faces charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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