Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

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.

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