In separate incidents, police arrested two Paragould residents on felony drug charges.
In the first incident, they arrested Nicholas Paul Young, 33, on charges of one count each of possession of two to 10 grams of methamphetamine or cocaine with purpose to deliver, a Class B felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc., a Class D felony. He also faces misdemeanor charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jason Boling of the department’s Street Crimes Unit (SCU), the arrest took place June 3 as the result of a traffic stop due to the driver (subsequently identified as Young) not wearing a seatbelt. As Ptl. Hunter Matheny attempted to contact Young, he reportedly observed him reaching under the seat toward the middle console area of the vehicle. So Matheny had him exit the vehicle to conduct a pat-down.
Upon learning Young was on probation with a search waiver on file, Matheny conducted a search of the vehicle. In the course of the search, he reportedly discovered a marijuana cigarette between the driver’s seat and console. He also reportedly found a plastic baggie (containing four separate smaller bags of methamphetamine) weighing 4.6 grams, located between glass panels that were propped up on the center console.
Young is being held in the Greene County Detention Center (GCDC) on a $10,000 cash-only bond.
In the second incident, officers arrested Mary Janis Stairs, 74, 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 Lt. Scott Snyder of the SCU, the arrest took place June 5 as a consequence of Stairs presenting herself to the department. At that time she reportedly told officers she had “a critter” under her bed and that her “children’s father was in bed with his granddaughter” and that she needed an officer to come to her house.
However, the officers were familiar with Stairs and her prior history of mental and emotional episodes. They arrived at Stairs’ home and found no one and nothing present as described. They also noted that she was “acting paranoid” and was having difficulty maintaining her faculties.
In Stairs’ bedroom officers reportedly discovered a glass pipe that was charred and contained residue consistent with methamphetamine usage. They took Stairs into custody.
Stairs is being held in the GCDC without bond pending an evaluation by Mid-South Health Systems.