According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on December 6 at approximately 12:55 a.m. Deputy Sean Tomlinson was patrolling State Hwy 9 North of Melbourne near Newburg Road. While approaching the Newburg Road, Tomlinson observed a pickup setting in the intersection almost in the traffic lane for Hwy 9. After passing the pickup, Tomlinson noticed the vehicle was not pulling onto the road. Tomlinson went back to check on the vehicle. When he approached the vehicle, he observed a male subject, later identified as Paul Chavis age 35 of Glencoe, slumped over the steering wheel. Tomlinson stated the vehicle was in drive and Chavis had a foot on both the accelerator and brake pedals. Tomlinson was able to wake Chavis and had him place the vehicle in park. After speaking with Chavis for a few minutes, Tomlinson deployed his K-9 partner Mendy. Mendy gave a positive alert on the pickup. During a probable cause search of the vehicle Tomlinson located a bag that contained several smoking devices that contained a white crystalline substance, several plastic baggies that contained a large amount of a crystalline substance, digital scales, marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, unidentified paper resembling LSD, and $13,800 in cash. A loaded pistol was located within reach of the driver. THC infused candies were also found in the vehicle. During a post Miranda interview, Chavis admitted to distributing methamphetamine and that the unidentified paper was LSD. The substance in the baggies was field tested and it showed positive for methamphetamine.
Chavis was formally charged with;
Possession with the purpose to deliver Methamphetamine if more than 10 grams but less than 200 grams is a class "A" Felony
Possession with the purpose to deliver a schedule I or II controlled substance not Methamphetamine / Cocaine if less than 2 grams is a class "C" felony
Possession with the purpose to deliver a schedule VI-controlled substance if more than 4 ounces but less than 25 lbs is a class "C" felony
Possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to analyze Methamphetamine is a class "B" felony
Possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to ingest Methamphetamine is a class "D" felony (3 counts)
Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms is a class "Y" felony
Chavis' bond was set at $100,000 professional with a court date in the Izard County Circuit Court of December 23.
As a result of the arrest the cash, pistol, and vehicle has been seized.
Photos of Chavis provided.