Traffic stop leads to meth bust in Monette
Two area men were arrested on drug related charges Sunday after a routine traffic stop by a
Monette police officer. As a result of the arrest, a Monette man and a Black Oak man are
awaiting a probable cause hearing on possession of drug paraphernalia
According to Monette Police Chief Brian Carmichael, the arrest occurred after Officer Steve
Lancaster observed a vehicle failing to stop at a stop sign. Officer Lancaster then pulled the
vehicle over at the corner of Texie and East Main in front of Farmers's Market.
During the course of the traffic stop, Lancaster became suspicious of the driver of the vehicle.
Lancaster was given consent to search the man and discovered a small baggie of white powder on
As Lancaster was handcuffing the driver, a Leachville police officer who had arrived on the scene
to assist in the arrest noticed components consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine in
the bed of the truck. Officers then arrested both suspects and transported them to the Monette
Police Department for questioning. They were both later transported to the Craighead County
Both men face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, and the
driver faces additional charges of possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine,
according to Carmichael.
At press time, the names of the men were not being released pending a probable cause hearing.