Batesville man busted on multiple drug charges

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A Batesville Police Department patrol officer, being familiar with a man who was currently on parole, helped in stopping that individual from trafficking in meth, according to court documents.

On Friday, Jan. 12, officer Dillon Sallas noted a man he knew to have a suspended driver’s license get in a vehicle and drive off from a local motel parking lot in Batesville. Sallas had also earlier received information that the driver was involved in the sale of illegal narcotics.

Sallas followed and pulled over the vehicle, driven by Derrick Deshawn Dixon, 35, of Batesville.   

After making the traffic stop on Dixon, Sallas located a large amount of U.S. currency along with a key to room number 9 at the motel.

After Sallas determined Dixon was staying in the room, officers conducted a search and found 200 grams of meth, multiple baggies, a set of digital scales, and four glass smoking devices used to ingest meth.

Dixon was taken to jail and was charged in Independence County Circuit Court with trafficking a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine; use or possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest meth; and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to pack meth.

Since Dixon has previously been convicted of four felonies, he has been charged under the Habitual Offender Act which increases penalties if convicted.

Dixon has been placed on a $100,000 bond.

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