The report of a shoplifter at a local store has led to the arrest of two people on felony drug charges.

According to probable cause affidavits sworn by Detective Cpl. Jason Boling of the department’s Street Crimes Unit, Paragould Police have arrested Ernest Lee Gordon, 24, of Jonesboro, and Mollie Heather Douglas, 45 of Paragould, on charges of one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. and possession with purpose to deliver between two and 10 grams of methamphetamine or cocaine, both Class B felonies; possession with purpose to deliver less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (not methamphetamine or cocaine), a Class C felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc. a Class D felony. Each also faces misdemeanor charges.

According to Boling’s affidavits the arrests took place on Sept. 1 after police had responded to a citizen’s report of a man leaving Lowe’s Home Improvement with merchandise for which he had not paid, The citizen reportedly followed the man into the parking lot.

Once police arrived, they located the man (subsequently identified as Gordon) sitting in a vehicle with a woman. After locating two Dewalt drills inside Gordon’s hoodie, they took him into custody. They then questioned the woman (identified as Douglas) as to Gordon’s identity. Although Douglas initially denied knowing who Gordon was (according to both affidavits), she later admitted she knew him and was at the location to pick him up.

According to Boling’s affidavits, both Gordon and Douglas are active probationers, so officers undertook a search of the vehicle in which both had been located. As the result of their search officers reportedly located

Three separate baggies containing 6.6 grams of methamphetamine

Two Ecstasy pills

Digital scales

A glass pipe used to ingest methamphetamine

According to Boling’s affidavits, the items were in Douglas’s purse. Both Gordon and Douglas, however, denied ownership of any of the items.

Gordon is being held in the Greene County Detention Center of a $75,000 bond. Douglas is also being held in the Greene County Detention Center on a similar bond, but also faces charges on a white warrant, upon which she is being held without bond.

A white warrant is a term used for someone who has a parole violation. The person that has the white warrant is usually picked up by police and taken back to prison.

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