A routine traffic stop has netted a Leachville man several felony drug charges.
Greene County sheriff’s deputies arrested Matthew Allen Byrd, 33, on charges of one count each of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a Class Y felony; possession with purpose to deliver between two and 10 grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (other than methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, or cocaine), a Class B felony; unlawful use of a communication device, a Class C felony; possession with purpose to deliver less than 200 grams of a Schedule IV/V controlled substance, a Class D felony; plus numerous traffic violations.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Sgt. Zakkery Crocker of the Sheriff’s Department, the arrest occurred on Sept. 26, after a sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on the vehicle for traffic-related offenses. During the stop, deputies asked for and received consent to conduct a search of the vehicle. And in the course of the search, deputies report that they located a loaded handgun along with four types of controlled substance tablets and pills. Upon further investigation, deputies also determined that Byrd was allegedly delivering and selling controlled substances, specifically the ones which were in his possession at the time of the stop.
Byrd was being held in the Greene County Detention Center on a bond of $100,000.