Traffic stop leads to felony charges for wanted man

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

Jonesboro, Ark. – A traffic stop last week in Jonesboro resulted in a man with a warrant for his arrest facing a list of new charges including several felonies.

Around 9:45 PM on Thursday, November 24, JPD Officer Evan Henry noticed a silver 2012 Chevy Equinox pull into an apartment complex in the area of Stratford Drive and W. Matthews. After a “very short period of time,” the vehicle pulled back out and left.

The officer noticed the driver didn’t use his turn signal within 100 feet of a turn multiple times, the report said. After a second time, the officer initiated a traffic stop.

The report says 1.6 grams of meth and several grams of marijuana were found along with paraphernalia. A firearm was also located.

Joseph Michael Hankins, 42, of Jonesboro, was arrested during the stop. Charges listed in the report include:

  • Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms (felony)
  • Possession of firearm by certain persons (felony)
  • Possession of meth (felony)
  • Felony Warrant
  • Possession of Schedule VI (misd)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (misd)
  • Revocation of Probation (misd)
  • Driving While License Cancelled, Suspended, or Revoked (misd)

Hankins was booked into Craighead County Detention Center at 10:34 PM and remained there through the weekend. He was still incarcerated on Monday morning when this article was published. His bond was set at $150,000.

As noted in the charges, Hankins was already on probation, which had just recently been revoked. Information on Arkansas Court Connect shows Hankins entered a negotiated guilty plea on June 13, 2022 for possession with purpose of delivery (meth, cocaine, or heroin) for a violation in October, 2021. He was sentenced to 48 months of supervised probation as part of the plea.

But on November 21, a revocation petition was filed with the courts and an arrest warrant served. The petition stated that Hankins never reported for intake and never made contact with the prosecutor’s office after being placed on supervision in June.

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