1.4 lbs of pot found during traffic stop

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

JONESBORO, Ark. – A traffic stop due to a license plate light being out ended with jars, bags and containers of drugs being confiscated and a man under arrested for being a suspected drug dealer.

At 8:15 p.m. Wednesday night, Officer Christopher Jefferson with Jonesboro Police Department began the traffic stop on a blue Toyota Corolla near the intersection of Race Street and Richardson Drive, the police report says. Jefferson noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car and the report said it prompted him to begin a search inside of the vehicle.

In the center console, the officer found numerous pill bottles containing over 70 Hydrocodones. Several bottles had different names on them. The driver, Aaron Joshua Johnson, 33, of Jonesboro – listed as a resident of Park Lake Apartments – was placed into custody.

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The search continued with a black backpack in the trunk being located. Inside of it was the mother load of marijuana: 644 grams, or 1.4 pounds of marijuana was found inside three glass jars and zip-loc baggies. A white digital scale was also found, as well as $558.00 in Johnson’s wallet – also seized, due to it being suspected as involvement in narcotic sales.

Johnson faces felony charges of possession of a schedule six substance with intent to deliver (marijuana), possession of a schedule one or two substance with intent to deliver (pills) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to Craighead County Detention Center.

The vehicle was turned over to the passenger.

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