According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton on Jan. 14, Deputy Sean Tomlinson was patrolling in Melbourne when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and a headlight that was not working.
Tomilson stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Matthew Martin (pictured right), 29, of Batesville, and the passenger as Miguel Gomez (pictured left), 29, of Batesville.
Upon checking ACIC/NCIC, Tomlinson was advised that both had active warrants for their arrest.
Tomlinson described both Martin and Gomez and being nervous and acting fidgety.
Both were taken out of the vehicle and searched. Marijuana was found on Martin’s person.
Tomlinson then deployed his K-9 partner “Mendy” who alerted on the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle by Tomlinson and Sgt. Mike Smith, multiple pills, a crystalline substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, and a glass smoking device were found.
Martin and Gomez were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, felony possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
Their bonds were set at $20,000 for each and they are set to appear in Izard County Circuit Court on Jan. 20.