A traffic stop late afternoon of December 28 for a loud muffler resulted in the arrest of the driver and passenger on numerous drug related charges. The driver, Jack Miller, age 25 of Melbourne was charged with an improper muffler, driving while intoxicated, having no seat belt, and operating a vehicle without insurance.. A search of Miller by Cpl. Ronnie Stewart of the Arkansas State Police revealed several drug related items. Prior to the search of the vehicle, Sgt. Acy Beebe of the Izard County Sheriff’s Department ran his K-9 drug partner around the vehicle and the drug dog alerted to the passenger side door where additional drug items were located.
The passenger of the vehicle, Shane Taylor, age 37 whose current address is unknown but at one time a residence of Melbourne, was searched and numerous drug items were found upon his person. Between the driver and passenger and inside the vehicle, drug items to include two metal spoons with heavy white residue, one small zip-lock bag with heavy white powdery residue, one ink pen tube with residue and four insulin syringes. Also located was a plastic drinking straw cut down with residue commonly identified as a snort tube with which to ingest methamphetamine, and a small white bag containing a crystalline substance. Found in the vehicle were five more syringes, one multicolored glass smoking device containing a large amount of a green vegetable material and numerous small plastic zip-lock bags. When Taylor was being dressed out at the jail, two additional bags of crystalline substance and a smoking device with heavy residue was located inside his pants.
Miller was charged with possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class “b” felony; possession with the purpose to use meth drug paraphernalia, a class “d” felony; and possession with the intent to use marijuana drug paraphernalia, a class “a” misdemeanor. Miller posted bond in the amount of $15,000 and given a felony court date of January 13 and a misdemeanor court date of January 9.
Taylor was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a class “c” felony; possession with the intent to use meth drug paraphernalia, a class “d” felony; and furnishing prohibited articles into a jail, a class “b’ felony. Taylor posted a $15,000, given the two court dates and released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence these arrests and charges were the cooperative efforts of the Arkansas State Police, the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.
News Release, For Immediate Release, January 3, 2014, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203