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Authorities: K9 sniffs lead officers to meth, drug paraphernalia, and more after Batesville traffic stop

Thanks to a K9 and vehicle search, authorities uncovered meth, clonazepam tablets, and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop in Batesville, Saturday, Nov. 23, according to court records.

As a result, three drug-related felonies, and two drug-related misdemeanors were filed in Independence County Circuit Court against Kevin Lee Day (pictured), 37, of Mountain View.

The traffic stop and resulting search were conducted by Batesville Police Department Officers Eddie Brown and Rick King.

According to the court information, Brown stopped a Ford Ranger driven by Day on Central Avenue for a faulty tail light late Saturday afternoon.

While running the vehicle’s information through dispatch, King and his police canine arrived on the scene, and the K9 conducted an exterior “sniff” of the vehicle.

The canine “…displayed a positive alert for the presence of the odor of controlled substances,” and the officers then conducted a probable cause search of the truck, locating the aforementioned items, court info noted.

Also working the case was Arkansas State Police Special Agent Greg Tebbetts who noted in the court information that a review of Day’s criminal history found four prior felony convictions which subject Day to being tried under the Habitual Offender Act.

Day is facing felony charges of possession of less than 2 grams of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to store, contain, or conceal methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to inject, ingest, or inhale methamphetamine. He is also facing charges of possession of less than 28 grams of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to inject, ingest, or inhale a controlled substance — both misdemeanors.

Tebbetts said if Day were convicted, he would be subject to an extended term of imprisonment.

Judge Chaney Taylor set Day’s bond at $20,000.

Image via Independence County Detention Facility

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