Hempstead County
Sheriff's Office
Hope, Arkansas
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Arrest for Methamphetamine, Careless Driving

Arrest for Methamphetamine, Careless Driving


On Sunday, December 31, 2017 at approximately 2030 hours, Deputy Brown was patrolling the 3500 block of Highway 355 S, when I observed a 2007 white Chevrolet commit the traffic violation of careless and prohibited driving, in violation of Arkansas code 27-51-104, in Hempstead County, Arkansas.


Deputy Brown made contact with the driver of the vehicle and identified him as J.L Stinson. Deputy Brown had the police dispatcher conduct an ACIC/NCIC query on J.L. The query revealed that he had a suspended driver's license and previous arrest for narcotic violations. J.L appeared to be very nervous and could not sit still.


Deputy Brown asked J.L to step out of the vehicle and speak with him, Once out of the vehicle Deputy Brown asked J.L if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle and he stated no. Deputy Brown asked J.L if he could search the vehicle real quick to make sure nothing illegal was in there. He stated go ahead. Deputy Brown conducted a search on the inside of the vehicle and located a clear bag containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine stuffed between the driver's and middle seat cushion. J.L was placed under arrest at this time.


Stinson was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), careless and prohibited driving and driving on suspended driver's license. J.L will be held for 1st court appearance. He was turned over to the on-duty jail staff for booking process.