Traffic stop leads to drug arrest - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

Jessie L. Whitaker Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office website Jessie L. Whitaker Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office website
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

The odor of marijuana during a traffic stop piqued the interest of Brookland police and Craighead County deputies, who arrested a man on suspicion of drug possession, according to authorities. 

Jessie L. Whitaker of Kennett was arrested around 10:20 p.m. May 24 by Brookland police Officer Blake Irvin after the traffic stop on Highway 49 for an expired tag. 

According to a probable cause affidavit, Whitaker was a passenger in the Chevrolet Suburban and police spoke to him and the driver. 

"The driver advised the officer that she did not have a valid DL. The passenger (Whitaker) stated that he only had a ID and not a driver's license," the affidavit noted. "While speaking with them, Officer Irvin detected a faint odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle." 

Craighead County deputies soon arrived to help with the traffic stop and helped Brookland police with a search of Whitaker, the affidavit noted. 

Deputies reportedly found a small baggie of meth in Whitaker's shorts pocket and a baggie of marijuana under the passenger seat in the vehicle. 

Whitaker was arrested on suspicion of possession of meth or cocaine less than two grams, a Class D felony which can bring a $10,000 fine and up to six years in prison if convicted. 

A $20,000 bond was set Friday for Whitaker, who will be arraigned June 29 in circuit court. 

Copyright 2018 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Sheriff: Body found in Mississippi River

    Sheriff: Body found in Mississippi River

    Sunday, August 19 2018 2:21 PM EDT2018-08-19 18:21:39 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 2:39 PM EDT2018-08-19 18:39:08 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook, a body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy after the body was discovered this weekend in the Mississippi River. 

    According to Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook, a body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy after the body was discovered this weekend in the Mississippi River. 

  • Death penalty sought for man accused in 3 St. Louis killings

    Death penalty sought for man accused in 3 St. Louis killings

    Sunday, August 19 2018 12:09 PM EDT2018-08-19 16:09:56 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a St. Louis man charged with killing three people in two separate shootings last year.

    Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a St. Louis man charged with killing three people in two separate shootings last year.

  • ASP: One killed, two injured in Sharp County crash

    ASP: One killed, two injured in Sharp County crash

    Sunday, August 19 2018 10:31 AM EDT2018-08-19 14:31:25 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 11:03 AM EDT2018-08-19 15:03:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Greene County woman was killed Saturday night and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 63 in Sharp County, according to a preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police. 

    A Greene County woman was killed Saturday night and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 63 in Sharp County, according to a preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police. 

Powered by Frankly