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Woman arrested on drug charges

An Independence County woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after an illegal drug and drug paraphernalia were found in her vehicle, according to authorities.

Independence County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Officer Johnny Byler assisted by Narcotics Investigator Dillon Sallas, Drug Task Force Special Agent Blake Cruz, and State Police Special Agent Greg Tebbetts conducted an investigation after the vehicle, with expired tags, had just left a known drug dealer.

That led to Batesville Police Officer Rick King being asked to bring his K-9 to the scene.

Byler said the K-9 alerted on the vehicle, and a search was done. Inside the truck, officers found a hypodermic syringe containing a red liquid that tested positive as meth.

In addition, a small child in a car seat was in the truck. The driver, identified as Kayla Deelisa Goforth, 24, was taken into custody. Family members were contacted to pick up the child. Byler said a copy of his report was forwarded to the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division.

Pending charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare of a child.

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