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Suspected drug deal stopped by watchful officer
JONESBORO, Ark. – An officer on patrol in a “high drug traffic area” ended up apprehending several for drug charges, including one with happy Halloween bags containing crystal meth.
It happened around 5:45 PM Wednesday evening, April 11, in Jonesboro. JPD Officer Trey Chism was on patrol in a high drug traffic area, he wrote in the report, on the north side of the 200-block of North Main Street. He said he noticed three men walk up to each other and a hand-to-hand transaction take place. With another person walking up, two white males and two black males were present as the officer stopped and got out to make contact with the suspects.
First, Joseph Edward Bealls, 44, of Jonesboro, was identified as a probationer and searched. The report states a coin bag containing four plastic happy Halloween bags was found on Bealls. Inside of the bags was a white crystal substance suspected of being meth. He was taken into custody without incident.
Next, Gentry A. Stevenson, 32, of Jonesboro, reportedly consented to a search, Chism said. A silver BB gun, digital scales, and silver container containing two pills were found in his backpack. Two counterfeit $100 bills were also found. Stevenson was taken into custody.
Tracy Raynell Houston, 53, of Jonesboro, was ran through dispatch next by police. He was found to be wanted through the city for a failure to appear warrant. He was arrested.
The fourth suspect consented to a search and was released afterward.
Stevenson was cited for possession of schedule IV drug and drug paraphernalia. Houston was cited for the FTA warrant. Bealls was left in custody in lieu of a probable cause hearing to face charges for possession of meth with intent to deliver, greater than two grams.
editor’s note: featured photo NOT the actual evidence obtained during the arrest