Traffic stop nets five arrests for drugs

Friday, May 25, 2012

Poinsett County deputies and Marked Tree officers made five felony arrests stemming from a traffic stop at approximately 1:15 a.m. May 16 on Highway 63 at the Travelair Motel in Marked Tree.

According to Poinsett County Sheriff Larry Mills, a vehicle driven by Christopher Rusher was stopped on Highway 63 around 1:15 a.m. after leaving the Travelair Motel on a flat tire. Rusher, 25, of Jonesboro was driving on a suspended driver's license and is on probation for previous drug charges. The vehicle had two passengers, Mark Bell, 27, of Trumann and Chrystal Dodd, 32, of Trumann.

"A search of the vehicle was conducted," Sheriff Mills said. "A burned foil boat and a clear baggie containing suspected methamphetamine was found in the vehicle.

"While a deputy was on the traffic stop, information was received of a possible active methamphetamine lab in one of the rooms at the Travelair Motel," he said.

Deputies from the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Marked Tree Police Department contacted the occupants of the room, Faith Jones, 28, of Trumann and Samantha Goodwill, 36, of Charles City, Iowa.

"After a search of the room was conducted, a 'one pot' meth lab, components to manufacture methamphetamine, numerous used syringes, a spoon with burned white residue, and a syringe with suspected methamphetamine inside it were found in the room," Sheriff Mills said.

All five suspects were taken for a probable cause hearing that morning in front of Judge Ron Hunter.

Rusher was charged with driving on a suspended driver's license, possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture meth, manufacturing of a controlled substance (meth), and tampering with evidence. Bond was set at $100,000.

Bell was charged with possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture meth, manufacturing of a controlled substance (meth), and tampering with evidence. Bond was set at $100,000.

Dodd was charged with possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture meth, manufacturing of a controlled substance (meth), and tampering with evidence. Bond was set at $50,000.

Jones was charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, possession of a controlled substance (meth), and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture. Bond was set at $75,000.

Goodwill was charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, possession of a controlled substance (meth), and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture. Bond was set at $50,000.

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