In unrelated incidents, Paragould police and Greene County sheriff’s deputies have made felony drug arrests.

In one incident, the report of an unknown problem at the Greene County Courthouse saw police arrest Joseph L. Owens, 33, of Paragould, on charges of one count each of possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc., both Class D felonies. Owens also faces misdemeanor charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Aaron Gamber of the department’s Street Crimes Unit, the arrest occurred on Oct. 4, as the result of officers being dispatched to the courthouse to discover Owens passed out in the front lobby. They determined Owens was under the influence of controlled substances as he had difficulty speaking and staying awake. He also had difficulty standing without assistance, according to Gamber’s affidavit.

Owens’ probation officer was also on scene as he was there for court. The probation officer conducted a search of Owens’ person, and removed a small metal canister from his pocket that had 0.8 grams of methamphetamine concealed inside, according to the affidavit. Owens is an active supervision probationer and has previous drug convictions.

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

In the other incident, deputies arrested Angela Kay Tate, 45, of Jonesboro, on a charge of one count of possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetatime or cocaine).

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Deputy Sgt. Zakkery Crocker, the arrest took place Oct. 5 as the result of a traffic stop on a vehicle that had expired tags. During the stop, the vehicle’s driver told deputies there were controlled substances in the vehicle. During a probable cause search, the deputies reportedly discovered suspected methamphetamine in Tate’s purse, inside the vehicle.

Tate is being held without bond in the GCDC.

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