Man arrested after broken headlight stop leads officer to find meth in vehicle


A previously convicted felon was arrested Saturday, Feb. 9, in Independence County after he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, namely meth.

Independence County Circuit Court documents said the arrest was made after 54-year-old Timothy L. Rhines’ vehicle was stopped because a headlight was out. Rhines’ address is on Jamestown Loop in Independence County.

Rhines was unable to provide proof of liability insurance on the vehicle, according to the documents, and when asked by the arresting officer if there were any drugs in the vehicle, Rhines told him that there was in a cigarette box in the seat. The officer found a plastic baggie containing a crystalline substance inside the box that tested positive as methamphetamine. Rhines also informed the officer that the content of the box was meth, according to the documents.

Rhines is being charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, operating a vehicle on a suspended license, and no proof of liability insurance. 

Rhines is also being charged as a habitual offender, having previously been convicted of more than four prior felonies.

Judge Don McSpadden set Rhines’ bail at $10,000.

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