JONESBORO, Ark. – Walking into a known drug house and emerging two minutes later is a signal to authorities of a drug purchase. As police described, this was what led to a suspected dealer’s arrest on Friday.
At about 3:45 p.m. Friday at the 900-block of Warner Avenue, Officer Christopher Jefferson with Jonesboro Police Department reportedly observed a man enter the residence of a known drug house. The man was later identified as Kedrien L. Brown, 31, of Jonesboro (listed as homeless). He exited after only a minute or two and got into the backseat of a silver Pontiac Grand Prix, the incident report says. The vehicle left the residence and headed east on Warner. The officer passed the vehicle in the opposite direction but continued observing it.
The officer continued watching the vehicle as it continued on Warner, eventually getting behind it. Then, the car suddenly turned south on Parr Street and at the intersection of Oak Street, Brown was let out. He headed toward the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library. The officer passed Brown to see if he went inside of the library but he did not. However, the officer said he turned around and just then, Brown quickly started walking inside of the library.
Jefferson noted several complaints had been filed recently about narcotics being sold at the library by suspicious individuals. He met with the suspect, Brown, who agreed to talk to him.
“I asked Brown what was he up to and he advised that he was just getting dropped off at the library,” Jefferson reported. “Brown advised that he was homeless. I advised Brown that I felt his actions that I observed were suspicious so that is why I was contacting him. While speaking with Brown he was extremely nervous with heavy breathing. While running Brown through dispatch, I gained consent to search his person.”
Once the officer began to search Brown, he found a plastic bag containing what felt like marijuana inside of his pants. As he went to retrieve it, cleverly, the baggie was tied to a string inside of the basketball shorts. Inside of the plastic bag was eight smaller bags of marijuana and two small baggies of methamphetamine. All appeared to the officer to be packaged for sale.
Brown was arrested for felony possession of meth, less than two grams, with intent to deliver, and possession of a schedule VI substance with intent to deliver, also a felony. He was taken to Craighead County Detention Center and booked.
Anyone with information may call the Jonesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 935-6710 or Crime Stoppers at (870) 935-7867 (935-STOP.)