In unrelated incidents, the Paragould Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit (SCU) arrested two Paragould men on numerous felony drug charges. In the first incident, they arrested Dylan Hunter Sims, 28, on charges of one count each of:

Weapons possession during controlled substance offenses, a Class Y felony

Possession with purpose to deliver between 10 and 200 grams of methamphetamine or cocaine, a Class A felony

Possession of firearms by certain persons (i.e. a convicted felon), a Class B felony

Possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. a controlled substance (methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine), a Class B felony

Possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest a controlled substance (methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine), a Class D felony

Plus misdemeanor offenses and traffic violations

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Aaron Gamber of the SCU, the arrest occurred as the result of an attempt by officers to stop Sims’ vehicle for a traffic violation on Oct. 30. Sims allegedly attempted to flee from police who were attempting to stop him, but wrecked while attempting to negotiate a curve.

According to the affidavit, police were then able to make contact with Sims who warned that he had a gun and “dope.” Officers recovered a loaded and chambered .40 caliber pistol from Sims’s pocket. A search of the red bag Sims was carrying yielded a black pelican-style case which contained 138.6 grams of methamphetamine which was separated into two bags, 11.9 grams of marijuana, 4.9 grams of “dab” (cannabis concentrate), empty plastic baggies, digital scales and a glass pipe commonly used to ingest methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. The bag also contained two torches. Sims is a convicted felon and is currently on suspended imposition of a sentence in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He also does not possess a valid driver’s license.

Sims is being held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

In the second incident, officers arrested Tyler Scott Slayton, 31, on charges of one count each of possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine), possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (other than methamphetamine or cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc. methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine. Each is a Class D felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Lt. Scott Snyder of the SCU, the arrest took place Nov. 2 after agents with Arkansas Community Corrections conducted a home visit with Slayton. Having discovered drug activity there they notified SCU. Drug Task Force and SCU agents went to the scene and during the subsequent search they discovered 0.3 grams of methamphetamine, an Oxycodone tablet and just under four ounces of an undetermined Schedule VI controlled substance, either marijuana or “potpourri” (synthetic marijuana). Additionally they discovered used syringes and baggies.

Slayton remains in the Greene County Detention Center on $15,000 bond.

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