Out-of-town man busted with drug motherload

JONESBORO, Ark. – Jonesboro police continue to employ the use of K9 officers in the fight against illegal narcotics, this time arresting a Georgia man with what seems like an endless list of drugs and drug supplies.

About 11:15 p.m. Wednesday evening, Officer Trey Chism noticed a white KIA Soul pull out of Waffle House on Phillips without headlights on. Chism pulled the man over, who immediately stepped out of his car and appeared nervous. According to the report, Chism noticed a side panel removed and could see black digital scales and a plastic bag. The man said his fiance used the scale to measure jewelry, but this wasn’t Chism’s first rodeo. He radioed for backup.

Officer Dustin Smith stopped to help Chism with a traffic stop of the SUV. Chism had a man standing next to his patrol car and asked Smith for a free air sniff by the dog.

K9 Rico sniffed and gave a positive alert to the odor of narcotics on the passenger side rear door. Officers searched the vehicle and found a wooden box under the driver’s seat. Inside of the box were several items of paraphernalia, including a syringe, a brown glass bottle labeled Midazolam, a cigarette roller and a flash light. But the officers found more.

The officers found a marijuana bong in the glove compartment. Then, a large number of syringes inside a handbag were found sitting between the passenger seat and the center console. A glass pipes with a bulb on the end with suspected meth residue was then located, along with an orange container with crystal meth inside.

Normally, we would be explaining the charges by now – but the officers found even more.

In the center console of the vehicle was a set of black scales with suspected meth on the scale. Then, a 7-UP can with a false compartment was found – housing another bag of fine, white crystalline powder. A red suit case with four glass pipes commonly used to smoke meth were also found.

The officers actually had to stop searching because it began raining heavily in Jonesboro around this time. The vehicle was towed by Sartin Towing to JPD HQ for the remainder of evidence processing.

The out-of-town suspect, James Robert Dunn, 38, of Tennille, GA., was arrested and taken to Craighead County Detention Center. In the back of Chism’s car, the officer located a bag of crystal meth.

Dun faces charges of felony possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, felony tampering with physical evidence, and misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV substance as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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