Traffic stop leads to one arrest for drugs, one for counterfeit money

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man who reportedly didn’t have his seat belt on gave authorities reason to perform a traffic stop which led to the discovery of a number of illegal items, the report with JPD said.

Officer Bryan Davis with Jonesboro Police Department performed the stop just after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning on a green 1998 Chevy Tahoe. He observed the suspect vehicle sitting at the intersection of Walnut and Matthews when he noticed the driver wasn’t wearing his seat belt, Davis reported. Once he stopped the vehicle, he could smell cannabis and radioed for assisting units while having the SUV’s occupants exit. 

One officer reported finding a meth pipe in the back passenger side floorboard, pushed up under the seat. It was under where Leonte Macklin, 27, of Jonesboro, was said to be sitting, Davis’ narrative said. A small baggie of cannabis was found on Macklin after a search, the report also said.

What wasn’t found until later was a bag of crystal methamphetamine stuck between the headlight of Davis’ patrol car and the body of the car. The drugs had been wedged into the gap. After reviewing footage of the dash camera, Davis reported Macklin was the only suspect leaned up against that portion of the vehicle prior to being searched and made, “movements that would be consistent with the placement of the narcotic.”

During a search, a counterfeit $100 was reportedly found on another passenger, Cory Joseph Hallett, 29, of Bono.

Macklin was arrested for possession of a schedule II substance, possession of a schedule VI substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hallett was arrested for forgery.

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