Officer recognizes driver with no license; leads to drug arrests

JONESBORO, Ark. – A traffic stop began when a Jonesboro officer recognized the driver and knew she had no license but before it was over, two were in handcuffs.

At about 4:14 p.m. Friday, May 5, Jonesboro Police Department’s Investigator Bryan Bailey began a traffic stop at Melrose and Cedar Heights on a white 1990 Honda Accord driven by Brandy V. Hager, 37, of Jonesboro. Also in the vehicle was Jennifer Lynn Stacy, 36, of Jonesboro. The officer asked both women to exit the vehicle, noting Stacy tried taking her purse before he commanded her to leave it.

Bailey then retrieved his K9 partner, Shine, to do a sniff around the vehicle. He seemed to change his breathing near the passenger side door several times, finally sitting and staring at the source of the odor coming from the passenger side door handle/seam area.

The officer asked Stacy if she had done drugs recently, because of the dog’s behavior, and she responded she had smoked marijuana not too long ago, said the report. As the officer began to search, he said Hager shouted at him she had an old pill bottle she was “going to throw away” with some drug paraphernalia inside.

Bailey found an orange pill bottle with Hager’s name on it containing a red “tooter” straw with residue inside. A plastic ring case inside of the pill bottle contained a small baggie with brown crystal meth inside.

Inside of Stacy’s purse, investigators found a brown sunglasses case containing a glass methamphetamine pipe with burn marks and residue inside.

Both were transported to Craighead County Detention Center. Hager faces charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, no driver’s license and no proof of insurance. Stacy was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

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