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Independence County Sheriff’s Department makes two drug arrests Friday

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department made two arrests Friday night, Dec. 6, involving drugs. Both came as a result of traffic stops.

The first was by Dep. Johnny Byler who observed a Cadillac traveling east on Newport Road with two traffic violations. The deputy pulled the car over in front of the Oil Trough City Hall, according to the incident report.

As the stop and investigation moved forward, Byler said the driver, identified in the report as Carrie Michelle Mathis, 43, of Sulphur Rock, admitted that some “white stuff” was in the vehicle.

On a search, Byler said he found a sunglasses case under the center console that contained two plastic baggies with meth inside. In addition, one glass smoking device with meth residue was also located, the report said.

Byler then placed Mathis under arrest and put her in the Independence County Detention Facility. Mathis is being held on pending charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, both felonies.

The second incident occurred on Allen Chapel Road and Section Lane.

Traffic violations were noticed, and a stop was made by Detective Zachary Bailey in the 800 block of Section Lane. Bailey asked the driver for his driver’s license, bill of sale, and current insurance. The driver, identified in the incident report as Presley Dean McAdams (pictured below), 43, of Cool Mist Lane, Independence County, said that he did not have a valid driver’s license, bill of sale, or insurance.

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Dispatch verified that McAdams did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance, and also said he was on active felony probation with a search waiver on file. When asked by Bailey, McAdams did advise there was a pouch in his vehicle containing meth, the report said.

When Detective Bailey searched McAdams’ vehicle, he discovered a pouch in the floorboard behind the driver’s seat that had three clear plastic baggies. Each baggie contained what later tested positive as methamphetamine, according to the report.

Also located in the vehicle was a handheld Kenwood two-way radio with the sheriff’s department frequency among its selections. In the police report, the radio was described as a Southside Fire Department radio.

McAdams was taken to jail and placed on a “Probable Cause Hold.”

Image via Independence County Sheriff’s Department

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