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Defective tail lights lead to marijuana citations against drivers in two separate incidents

Two men were issued misdemeanor citations by local authorities in December for possession of marijuana in two separate incidents.

In Batesville on Saint Louis Street, a Benton, Ark., man was pulling a trailer with defective tail lights. During the stop, Patrolman Stephen Schlotzhauer of the Batesville Police Department said the man’s nervousness during questioning led to him admitting to having marijuana in the vehicle. He was cited for misdemeanor possession of the drug.

In the county, Deputy Ben Burnett of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department stopped a pickup on Pepsi Cola Road for not having a working brake light on the driver’s side. The odor of fresh, unburned marijuana coming from the vehicle led to the driver telling Burnett there was a baggie of marijuana in the middle console.

The officer took the baggie into possession along with a small metal smoking device. The Independence County man was issued a misdemeanor citation for possession of a Schedule 6 controlled substance — namely marijuana — misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and not having a working brake light on the driver’s side of the pickup, also a misdemeanor.

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