Traffic violations have led to the separate arrests of two people on felony drug charges.
In one incident, Paragould police arrested April Nicole Turner, 35, of Caraway, on a charge of one count of possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine), a Class D felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jason Boling of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the arrest occurred Sept. 23 after police Cpl. T.J. Underwood, then on patrol near Academy Drive, observed a vehicle traveling in front of him that had the tail lights painted black, making them hard to see. As Underwood approached the vehicle, he noticed that the vehicle ran the stop sign at Academy Drive and Walcott Road. Underwood also noticed that as the driver turned right onto U.S. Highway 412 West off Walcott Road he entered the wrong lane – the inside lane – instead of the outside lane. So Underwood made a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, identified as Michael White.
After talking to him, Underwood learned that White was on active parole, with a search waiver on file. He then had White and the passenger, identified as April Turner, exit the vehicle so he could search it. During the search of the vehicle, Underwood noticed two bags in the vehicle, one that was in the passenger floorboard the other in the back seat, according to the affidavit. Turner reportedly said they belonged to her and that he could search them. Underwood reportedly found 1.9 grams of marijuana; in the bag in the back seat, he located 1.3 grams of methamphetamine in a metal tin container. While at the Greene County Detention Center, officers found another 0.1 grams of methamphetamine in her wallet that was in her purse.
April Turner was released from the Detention Center on Sept. 26 on a $10,000 bond.
In the other incident, officers arrested Keith Allen Henson, 48 of Paragould, likewise on a charge of one count of possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine), a Class D felony.
According to another affidavit sworn by Boling, the arrest took place on Sept. 23 after police Ptl. Colby Drope, on patrol in the area of 10th Avenue, reportedly observed a vehicle traveling north bound on 10th that did not have any taillights. Drope made a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, identified as Henson. After talking to Henson for a short time, Drope asked for consent to search the vehicle, which Henson gave. As he was searching the vehicle, Drope reportedly located 1.3 grams of methamphetamine in the driver’s seat where Henson had been sitting.
Keith Henson was released from the Greene County Detention Center Sept. 26 on $10,000 bond.