In separate incidents, police arrested four Paragould residents on felony drug charges.

In the first incident, they arrested Bradley Mangrum, 45, on charges of one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine, a Class B felony; and possession with purpose to deliver less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine), a Class C felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Aaron Gamber of the Street Crimes Unit (SCU), the charges stemmed from Mangrum’s arrest Oct. 21 as a wanted parole absconder. In the course of taking him into custody, officers reportedly discovered 1.5 grams of methamphetamine and baggies of the sort commonly used to package drugs for sale.

Mangrum was held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

In the second incident, officers arrested Curtis Rippy, 56, on a charge of one count of possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (other than methamphetamine or cocaine), a Class D felony, plus misdemeanor charges. According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Sgt. Michael Oost of the SCU, the arrest took place Oct. 22 after police stopped the vehicle he was driving for a traffic violation. At the time of the stop, the officer identified the driver as Rippy and noticed “nervous behavior.”

After learning Rippy was a probationer on active supervision for previous drug charges, the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle. Due to a search waiver being on file as a condition of Rippy’s probation, the officer then conducted a search of Rippy’s vehicle. In the course of the search of the vehicle, officers located a used syringe, and during the search of his person, they discovered Schedule II controlled substance hidden in the brim of Rippy’s hat, according to the affidavit.

Rippy was held in the Greene County Detention Center on $12,500 bond.

In the third incident, agents of the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force – North (DTF-N) arrested Steven Phillips, 40, on charges of one count each of possession with purpose to deliver between two and 10 grams of methamphetamine or cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine, both Class B felonies, possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc. methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine, a Class D felony; plus misdemeanor charges.

According to another probable cause affidavit sworn by Gamber, the arrest took place Oct. 22 after the DTF-N agents located Phillips behind his residence and arrested him for two counts of delivery of methamphetamine. The agents then obtained a search warrant for his residence and his vehicle behind the residence. They reportedly found two syringes of the type commonly used to ingest methamphetamine in Phillips’ bedroom, according to the affidavit. In his vehicle they reportedly discovered two magnetic hide boxes attached to the frame rail of the vehicle. One of the boxes was empty, while the other contained 2.8 grams of methamphetamine, 0.8 grams of marijuana, digital scales with residue on them and baggies, according to police. The agents report that they also recovered additional baggies from inside the vehicle along with a log denoting drug sales.

Phillips was held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

In the final incident, officers arrested Gary Moore, 21, on a charge of one count of possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc., a Class D felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jason Boling of the SCU, the arrest took place Oct. 21 as the result of a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Moore was a passenger. In the course of the stop, the officer gained permission to search the vehicle. During the search, the officer located a zipper type pouch on the passenger side of the vehicle where Moore was sitting, that contained a cigarette pack with a glass pipe that had been used to ingest methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. Moore denied ownership of the pipe and said the driver had thrown the pouch to the passenger side after Moore had gotten out the vehicle. The driver, however, denied knowing anything of the pipe.

Moore was held in the Greene County Detention Center on $5,000.

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