JONESBORO, Ark. – An officer on patrol near a known drug house stopped a vehicle with methamphetamine and several suspiciously behaving suspects.
Around 5 p.m. Saturday evening, Officer Bryan Bailey was on patrol near Warner, “approaching a well known drug house,” he reported, when a 2013 gray Hyundai Sonata owned by Christina Chantille Cantrell, 31, of Jonesboro, pulled away from the known residence. The suspect vehicle then reportedly pulled into the driveway of a residence at the 500-block of Warner. The officer pulled in behind them.
Cantrell got out, along with two others, and said she was there to visit “Mel,” who lived there. Felecia Flemming, the front passenger, and Ashley Phillips, the rear passenger, along with Cantrell were all asked to stand near his patrol car. The officer made contact with the resident, who said he was the only person to live there and he wasn’t Mel.
“I don’t have a clue who they are,” the man said.
The officer, calling for backup, checked the suspects and learned Phillips was on suspended imposition of sentence while Flemming was on felony probation. He retrieved his K9, Shine, and had the dog sniff near the vehicle, making a positive signal of something awry.
While searching, the officer found a cellophane baggie containing a “white rock-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, along with a white pen body with residue inside of it used as a tooter.” A silver air chuck with marijuana residue was found, as well. All items were located shoved down between the passenger and driver seats, the officer said.
All three subjects claimed the items weren’t theirs. The officer released Phillips, knowing the women in the front had to have been responsible for the drugs. Flemming then said she “wasn’t taking a charge for anybody,” Bailey said. He then reported Cantrell admitted the dope was hers.
Flemming was taken to jail for a probation violation. Phillips took the vehicle and Cantrell was arrested for felony possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia for the marijuana device.
Once Cantrell and Phillips arrived at the jail, a strip search was performed by booking officers and a large cellophane baggie containing a white rock-like substance was discovered, the officers reported.