Discovery of meth lands Batesville woman in jail after traffic stop


A Batesville woman is facing felony drug charges after an early morning traffic stop over the weekend.

In his incident report, Independence County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Bret Ward noted he stopped Cordelia Nugent (pictured), 40, around 2 a.m., Saturday, June 8, just south of the White River bridge for driving a vehicle without a license plate. After checking Nugent’s driver’s license and the warrant list through the Arkansas Crime Information Center, county dispatch advised Ward that Nugent had an active, local, felony warrant for her arrest.

With a search waiver on file for Nugent, Ward searched her purse and discovered two glass smoking devices and one set of digital scales, according to the report. She was also observed by Ward holding a baggie containing what appeared to be — and later tested positive for — methamphetamine and four white pills in a plastic wrapper. The pills were identified in the report as Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen.

Before being placed into custody, Ward advised Nugent if she had any other illicit substances or paraphernalia on her person, she could be charged with an additional felony for taking the items into the jail. Nugent then pulled a third glass smoking device from her pocket and handed it to Ward.

Nugent was placed on a probable cause hold and is currently in the Independence County Detention Facility.

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