Newport Police Make Huge Crack Cocaine Bust

JUNE 13, 2005 - Posted at 1:53 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT, AR - A Newport man faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after a routine traffic stop on Saturday netted 71 individual bags of cocaine, in both crack and powder form.  Detective Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department says it's one of the largest crack-related arrests in Newport history.

The stop happened just before midnight on Malcom Avenue in Newport.  According to a police affidavit, patrol officer Ron Laslo stopped a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Kevin Dixon.  The affidavit states that as Laslo made contact with Dixon, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle.  According to the report, "While speaking with Officer Laslo, Dixon's cell phone rang and Laslo observed Dixon remove it from the crotch area of his pants while seated in the vehicle.  When Dixon removed the phone, Laslo observed a plastic baggy that contained smaller bags of white powder inside Dixon's pants.  Dixon immediately shoved the bag back down his pants and attempted to cover up his crotch area with papers inside the car."

Police say the bag turned out to contain 71 individual bags of crack cocaine or cocaine powder, which were seized.  The total net weight of the drugs is estimated to be 70 grams, with an estimated street value of approximately $7,000.  Police also seized $325 in cash from Dixon.