Traffic stop leads to meth bust in Monette

Thursday, August 14, 2003

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

his person.

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.

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