Valentine’s Day drug arrest following traffic stop

JONESBORO, Ark. – A suspect was in the sights of not a cupid, but a cop, Tuesday afternoon. He’s facing several felonies for drug charges.

It started early morning, about 1:49 a.m., on Valentine’s Day. Jonesboro Police Department Officer Mohammed Pasha was watching traffic on East Highland Drive and Red Wolf Boulevard when he noted a white, 2006 Hyundai Sonata which appeared to have no license tags. Pasha started to follow the vehicle and noticed it did have tags, but the plate lights were so bright, the officer couldn’t read the tags. He believed they were aftermarket lights. The officer stopped the vehicle for this reason.

While speaking with the driver, Maxwell Kyle Baker, 27, of Jonesboro, the officer noted, “his hands were shaking and he would not make eye contact to speak with me,” the report states. 

The officer also learned the passenger, Jake Pollard, 25, was an active parolee. Following this, with backup arriving, the officer requested consent to search the vehicle.

As Baker was stepping out of the vehicle, the report says a syringe fell out of his right hand. He then dropped a clear plastic baggie containing suspected crystal meth, the report says. While searching his person, the officer found more – a clear white plastic bag with more meth, along with a glass pipe with marijuana inside of it.

“While searching, Mr. Baker kept moving a lot and was very nervous and very talkative,” Pasha reported. “When I asked him why did he lie to me when I asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle during our initial conversation, he stated, ‘I just…I was trying to get home after dropping my friend to his place.'”

Pollard was searched but nothing illegal was found. The report says he was released. The driver wasn’t so lucky.

Baker faces felony charges for the meth and paraphernalia, as well as misdemeanor charges for the weed and the pipe. He was taken to Craighead County Detention Center and his vehicle was towed.

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