Police find $13,700 worth of drugs in home near daycare

Police find $13,700 worth of drugs in home near daycare
John Perry Scott (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police found nearly a pound of marijuana, almost 300 Hydrocodone pills, brass knuckles, and more during the search of a parolee's home Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect, 69-year-old John Perry Scott, lives 95 feet from Ascent Children's Health and 510 feet from Discovery Island Daycare.

Investigators with the Jonesboro Police Department Street Crimes Unit received information that Scott may be trafficking drugs out of his home in the 900-block of Oakdale Drive. Due to Scott being on active felony probation, officers went to the home to search it.

Police say Scott wasn't home when they stopped by, but they knew an area he frequented and found him there.

Scott told police he no longer lived on Oakdale but was now living on McAdams Street. Officers recovered a receipt showing Scott paid rent at the home on McAdams Street, giving officers probable cause to search the home.

Inside, they turned up a large amount of alcohol, which police said showed signs of bootlegging.

"A probation search was conducted and several 30 packs of beer, gallons of hard alcohol, and several pints of hard alcohol, along with plastic sacks were located," Cpl. Jason Chester said.

Officers also found hundreds of dollars in Scott's pants pockets.

Despite the alcohol found, Investigator Chris Jefferson said there wasn't enough evidence to charge Scott with bootlegging. He was then transported back to the home on Oakdale, where the utilities were still in his name, and multiple vehicles on the property were registered to him.

Inside the home, officers found 13.6 ounces of suspected marijuana; 286 Hydrocodone pills; $11,199 in cash; drug paraphernalia; ammunition; and a 12-gauge shotgun.

A Jonesboro Police Department incident report states the marijuana was worth $7,980 and the Hydrocodones were worth an estimated $5,720.

Chester said during their search of Scott's home, there were children present at both Ascent and Discovery Island.

Scott appeared before District Court Judge Tommy Fowler Wednesday afternoon.

Fowler found probable cause to charge Scott with four felony charges, including possession of drugs with intent to deliver. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for possessing brass knuckles.

His bond was set at $25,000. His next court appearance is May 30.

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