Magnetic case full of drugs found in traffic stop

JONESBORO, Ark. – A Marianna man was arrested with an estimated $3,000 in meth during a traffic stop last week in Jonesboro, a report said.

The traffic stop which started it all began at 11:25 p.m. late Thursday. A silver 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 truck was pulled over near the intersection of Church Street and Word Street, due to its license plate light not working right, said an incident report. The vehicle had a custom bumper and didn’t have a license plate light mount on the bumper, upon closer inspection by Officer Christopher Jefferson with Jonesboro Police Department. 

The officer made contact with the driver, Donald Raymond Carlow, 34, of Marianna (pictured above). In the report, the officer said he knew Carlow to be involved in narcotic sales and also on suspended imposition of sentence (SIS). He asked Carlow to search the vehicle and received permission. Inside of a pill bottle, he located several Hydrocodone pills and a Xanax bar broken into two pieces. In the back seat, a syringe with suspected methamphetamine residue was found. Under the center console, a box containing plastic bags was located. Black digital scales were found behind the car stereo with what appeared to be meth residue on it.

jpdk91By this point, Carlow was in handcuffs and in the back of a JPD patrol car – but the search continued. A K-9 officer was requested to the scene.

Under the truck, a black hard case with a magnet attached to it was located. Inside of it was several clear plastic baggies which contained suspected methamphetamines, said the report. Also found were six unused syringes and an old room key card inside of one of the baggies of meth.

The evidence was taken to JPD to be logged. 30 grams of methamphetamine, estimated at $3,000 in street value, was recovered.

Meanwhile, Carlow was taken to Craighead County Detention Center. In addition to violating his parole, he faces charges including:

  • Possession of meth with intent to deliver, greater than 10 grams (felony)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (felony)
  • Possession of a schedule I or II substance, less than two grams (felony)
  • Possession of a schedule IV or V substance (misdemeanor)

Carlow’s vehicle was released to a vehicle passenger.


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