Dashboard Monkey Leads to Drug Arrest in Forrest City

FORREST CITY, AR - An Arkansas State Police trooper suspected monkey business when he spotted a large stuffed animal perched on top of the dashboard of a pickup truck on the interstate.

A trooper driving down Interstate 40 near Forrest City spotted the truck with much of its windshield blocked by a large, stuffed monkey.  Authorities say when the trooper pulled over the vehicle, he could smell what he suspected to be marijuana and he searched the vehicle.  Authorities say the trooper found more than 2,100 hydrocodone pills, 70 Xanax pills and 85 Soma pills.

The driver and passenger were each charged with several drug counts.  The driver, 35-year-old Tonya Rachelle Garner of Willis, Texas, also faces a charge of driving with an obstructed view.

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