Jonesboro man found to be in possession of illegal drugs after Newark traffic stop


A traffic stop in Newark over the weekend resulted in a Jonesboro man being jailed.

On Saturday night, Jan. 5, 53-year-old Marcus Shane Boyster’s Toyota SUV was pulled over by Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Cydney Baxter after Baxter noticed the SUV pulling onto Sixth Street and crossing the entire center line, according to the incident report. After explaining to Boyster why she stopped his vehicle, Baxter asked for Boyster’s driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

Boyster admitted to the deputy his tags were expired and he did not have his driver’s license, according to the report. After running Boyster’s name through Independence County’s dispatch, Baxter then discovered Boyster, who showed a Jonesboro address, was a probationer under active supervision. He also had an active search waiver on file.

During a search of Boyster’s vehicle, Baxter found a box containing several hypodermic needles. Boyster said he had diabetes and that is why he had the needles — to take insulin, according to the report. After Boyster received a patdown, a baggie containing two alprazolam (Xanax) tablets was found along with a small baggie of marijuana hidden along Boyster’s waistline.

Also found during the stop: a hypodermic needle loaded with what was described in the report as a “clear liquid.” It was hidden inside a cup Boyster had been holding during the search.

Boyster was drug-tested at the Independence County Jail and failed for amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates and marijuana. His parole officer was sent the results, according to the report.

Narcotics Officer Chris Toland said formal charges are being presented to the prosecutor to be filed in Independence County Circuit Court. They will include two drug-related felonies and four misdemeanors.

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