Searcy man stopped in Batesville taken to jail on meth charges and more

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A Searcy, Ark., man was placed on an investigative hold early Saturday morning, March 24, following a traffic stop on Batesville Boulevard by Independence County Deputy Sheriff Bobby Tate.

The vehicle, driven by Ricky C. Jones, 31, of Searcy, was pulled over after crossing the median stripe several times. Tate found Jones was driving on a suspended license, was on probation, and had a warrant for his arrest out of Bald Knob. The female passenger was shown to be on probation with a valid driver’s license.

Inside the vehicle on a search waiver, Deputy Tate found drug paraphernalia and an amount of a white crystalline substance that tested positive as meth on the driver’s side floorboard, according to authorities.

Jones was taken to the Independence County jail and placed into custody on an investigative hold.  He faces potential charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.  

The female passenger from DeValls Bluff, Ark., was allowed to leave in the vehicle.

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