In separate incidents, police officers have arrested two Paragould men on felony drug charges.
In one incident, they arrested Gage Aaron Johnston, 25, on charges of one count each of possession with purpose to deliver between 10 and 200 grams of methamphetamine or cocaine, a Class A felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine, a Class B felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Sgt. Michael Oost of the police department’s Street Crimes Unit (SCU), the arrest took place Nov. 30 as the result of a traffic stop. Upon learning the driver (identified as Johnston) was on parole, the officers involved in the stop requested and received permission to search both him and the vehicle.
In the course of the search, the officers reportedly discovered a baggie containing 105.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine, as well as other baggies. They also reportedly discovered a digital scales beneath the baggie allegedly containing the suspected methamphetamine.
Johnston remains in the Greene County Detention Center (GCDC) on a $150,000 bond.
In the other incident, officers arrested Joshua Paul Jennings, 38, 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), plus misdemeanor charges.
According to another affidavit sworn by Oost, Jennings’ arrest proceeded from a Nov. 23 home visit by Parole and Probation officers, assisted by SCU officers, to his residence. In the course of the visit, officers reportedly discovered a Schedule II controlled substance, and a set of digital scales with white residue, in Jennings’ bedroom. In addition, upon Jennings’ arrival at the GCDC, Corrections officers reportedly located a Schedule VI controlled substance concealed inside Jennings’ body.
Jennings remains in the Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.