Around 11:35 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, a vehicle with three men inside was stopped on Harrison Street in Batesville by Chris Toland, an investigator with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department. Before the traffic stop was over, the three men in the vehicle would be facing numerous felony counts and one misdemeanor — all involving illegal drugs and firearms.
According to court info, Toland made the stop after he observed the Toyota Scion traveling back and forth over the white line separating lanes of traffic, an indication that the driver might be intoxicated.
After stopping with the vehicle in a driveway off Harrison, Toland approached the Scion’s driver’s side while Chief Deputy Sheriff Aaron Moody arrived on the scene and approached the passenger side of the vehicle.
Noting the suspects seemed nervous and were fumbling through the console and glove boxes looking for the vehicle registration and insurance, suspicions rose and the officers decided to detain the trio so a search could be made.
The three were identified as: Dusty Wayne Weaver, 37; Scotty James McGee, 42; and Cecile Calvin Blevins, 25.
The search found numerous drugs including methamphetamine, a synthetic controlled substance, Oxycodone, Morphine Sulfate, and Alprazolam. Also confiscated in the stop were numerous drug paraphernalia items — some indicating the sale and use of illegal drugs. Marijuana and firearms were also discovered.
Among the drug and firearm charges filed in Independence County Circuit Court were possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, possession of Oxycodone with the purpose to deliver, possession of Morphine Sulfate and Alprazolam with the intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a handgun that had been stolen in Cleburne County, and possession of a defaced firearm.
All three are in jail and on $100,000 bonds.
Pictured below, from left: Blevins, Weaver, and McGee. / Images via Independence County Jail
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