Van full of fugitives stopped leaving drug house

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A white van leaving a known drug location was followed and stopped, with several arrests being made on folks with a litany of warrants from all across NEA.

It happened around 11 a.m. Monday morning, when a white Chevy van with tags matching a black van was stopped. The van reeked of marijuana and the officer made note of it. He checked the driver, Robert Lee Scalf, 34, of Jonesboro, who had a warrant for his arrest in Greene County. He was arrested.

A male in the middle seat of the van, Preston Walker, 31, of Jonesboro, was then checked and found to have nine warrants with Jonesboro Police Department. He was next arrested.

A male and female sitting in the back of the van claimed they had no ID but also could not match up stories about where they had been. A purse was found in the front seat and when both denied it, they seemed to give up a hidden occupant in the van.

Indeed, a woman under a seat, covered with a blanket, was found by the officer. She gave the officer a fake name, Laren Madden, but it was learned she was Laschelle Patton, 32, of Jonesboro – wanted for non-payment of fines and a felony bench warrant in Poinsett County for revocation of probation. Inside of her purse, the officer found pills and a syringe filled with 20 units of what looked like meth. The officer noted she was speaking rapidly, with an angry demeanor and a dirty appearance.

She, too, was arrested. She was cited for obstruction of government operations for giving a fake name, along with felony possession charges for the drugs.

The suspects were taken to Craighead County Detention Center, with holds placed on Scalf and Walker for Poinsett and Greene counties respectively.

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