"Lost" couple find themselves in jail on drug charges

"Lost" couple find themselves in jail on drug charges
Shannon Lynn Nichols (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Robert H. Bennett (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Robert H. Bennett (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Mississippi couple bound for Missouri "got lost" in Jonesboro and found themselves in jail.

Police arrested 61-year-old Robert Houston Bennett and 48-year-old Shannon Lynn Nichols, both of Grenada, Miss., on multiple drug charges after they were spotted outside a local bank acting "suspiciously."

Officer Zachary McQuay was called to Bear State Bank, 3101 Southwest Dr., around 5 p.m. Monday.

When he arrived, according to a probable cause affidavit, he found Bennett sitting on the trunk of a car. Nichols, he said, was "in the woods, crying and screaming hysterically."

When he asked her what happened, Nichols reportedly told the officer she had lost $260. When asked why she was in the woods, Nichols said she was going to the bathroom.

"The officer thought this to be unusual, due to there being several open businesses in the area with restrooms for her to use," the court documents said.

After asking and receiving permission to search them, McQuay reportedly found 1.1 grams of suspected marijuana in Nichols' left pocket.

Inside the couple's vehicle, McQuay "located numerous pill bottles containing a variety of pills," including hydrocodone, a small baggy of suspected methamphetamine, and a meth smoking pipe with residue on it.

Both Nichols and Bennett were taken to the Craighead County Detention Center and appeared in video court Tuesday. District Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge each of them with felony possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams, possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance less than 2 grams, and drug paraphernalia. He also found probable cause to charge Nichols with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance less than four ounces.

During the court proceedings, the investigator told the judge that the couple were traveling from Mississippi to Carthage, Mo., and "got lost" in Jonesboro.

Because both suspects are from out of state, the detective requested a $7,500 bond for each. The judge agreed and ordered the couple to appear in circuit court on June 29.

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