Drugs, counterfeit money found during stop

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car on a traffic stop. Photo by Stan Morris

JONESBORO, Ark. – When the officer pulled over a maroon Toyota Corolla on Wednesday afternoon, it didn’t take him long to learn why the passenger seemed nervous.

The traffic stop happened at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 on Dan Avenue at the intersection of Hensley Road in Jonesboro. It was for no license plate – although the stop would soon expand scope. Officer Dustin Smith stopped the 1999 4-door Toyota, driven by Bobby Lee Posey, 36, of Jonesboro. The passenger, Thomas Henry, 33, of Jonesboro, was the one who drew the officer’s suspicions, as he appeared very nervous and kept putting his hands on the floorboard, the report said. The officer radioed for backup, just in case.

Both occupants were removed from the vehicle and a probation search of it was conducted. A small amount of methamphetamine was reportedly found inside, along with a marijuana cigarette. Both suspects denied the drugs were theirs.

A bag, belonging to Posey, was also found with a counterfeit $100 and three credit cards not belonging to either party. Posey claimed the cards were left at his house. They were not reported stolen but were logged into evidence at JPD. When Posey was searched by Officer Josh Beasley, two knives were found in his pocket.

Posey and Henry were both arrested and transported to Craighead County Detention Center. Henry had a valid summons through JPD and a warrant through Poinsett County.

While at the jail and sitting next to one another, Beasley reported Posey kept telling Henry that he needed to step up and take responsibility for the meth in the car.

“Posey kept on and on and looked as if he may be intimidating Henry somewhat,” Beasley reported. “Henry then stated he needed to go to rehab and that the meth belonged to him. Due to the fact I felt like Henry may have been coerced, I added the charged to both arrestees.”

Both face felony charges of possession of meth and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana. Posey could also face felony forgery charges for the conterfeit money.

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Photos from CCDC.

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