Tattoo artist arrested on meth and firearm charges

JONESBORO, Ark. – Guns, drugs, and tattoo needles were found during the execution of a search warrant Wednesday in Jonesboro

It happened at 6:42 p.m. Wednesday evening at 2607 West Matthews Avenue in Jonesboro. The immediate room on the west side of the home was where JPD Officer Bryan Bailey noted finding a Rossi .38 Special revolver in the floor. Laying a foot away was a bag of methamphetamine, the report said. The revolver was fully loaded with five various rounds. Marijuana and related paraphernalia were also found in the room, as were two posters of the suspect, Alandis Tacasey Jefferson, 33, of Jonesboro.

Jefferson is known for tattooing, police said. They noted finding tattooing gear in the same room as the meth, guns and pot.

Another gun was found on the nightstand of the bedroom.

When authorities spoke to those in the residence, no one including Jefferson would admit to living there. Several reasons led police to conclude Jefferson was the resident, including the tattoo equipment, the posters, his clothes in the bedroom and one other unique item in the kitchen: a citation to Alandis Jefferson from February, stuck to a corkboard

“Jefferson stated that he was dating the girl who lived there but that in the last week he talked to her father and was told that he did not want him living there so he just came and “stayed the night” here and there,” Bailey reported. “Jefferson admitted the two month prior he had lived there full-time until this week.”

Jefferson was arrested and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to Craighead County Detention Center without incident. He faces charges including:

  • Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, a felony
  • Possession of Meth or Cocaine L/T 2 Grams, a felony
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (felony and misdemeanor)
  • Possession of a Schedule VI L/T 4 Ounces, a misdemeanor

Two cellophane baggies, each containing half of a gram of meth, along with the rest of the drugs, guns and paraphernalia were all logged into evidence at JPD.

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