Officers find two men with smoking device, “crystalline substance,” and loaded rifles in their vehicle


Two men were found late Saturday night by an Arkansas Game & Fish Officer and a state trooper to be in possession of a narcotic and a glass smoking pipe, according to the incident report. There were also two rifles in the vehicle — a problem for one of the men, a previously convicted felon.

The two men were stopped at the intersection of North Central Avenue and Mitchell Road in Batesville by Arkansas State Trooper Dustin Carpenter and Game & Fish Officer Jeremy Conner, and they were assisted by Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Zachary Spohr. The report says Conner found two loaded rifles, both with scopes, easily visible in the front seat area.

One rifle contained three live rounds with one spent shell casing found in the passenger floorboard while the other had four live rounds.

Officers also found a glass smoking device with burnt residue lying on the center console, and a clear bag containing a “crystalline substance,” suspected to be methamphetamine, in the cupholder, according to the report.

A search on the Arkansas Crime Information Center found 54-year-old Michael Andrew Mitchell (pictured above, left), 54, was a previously convicted felon and was not allowed by law to possess firearms. Michael Mitchell along Robert William Mitchell (right), 59, were taken into custody and placed on a probable cause hold. Felony charges are pending in the case.

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