Open Modal

Court info: 14 baggies of meth found after Batesville traffic stop

A Batesville-area man has been charged in Independence County Circuit Court with trafficking a controlled substance — a Class Y felony, which carries a sentence of 10-to-40 years to life in prison.

The charge against Jimmy Goodwin Mason, 53, comes from a Dec. 3, 2021 incident when Batesville Police Narcotics Investigator Dillon Sallas and Arkansas State Police Special Agent Greg Tebbetts were conducting surveillance on a known drug sales location at a residence on North Heights Avenue in Batesville.

According to court information, the officers observed a vehicle leave the location during their surveillance and travel south on North Heights. They also observed the car going 10 mph over the speed limit, running a stop sign, and making a turn without signaling in west Batesville, according to the info. 

A traffic stop was initiated, and during an investigation, Mason, the driver, was found in possession of 14 individual plastic baggies of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, court documents said. Field tests on each baggie received a positive result for methamphetamine, according to Mason’s arrest affidavit.

In addition to the trafficking count, Mason is being charged as a habitual offender. His bail was set at $40,000.


Have a news tip or event to promote? Email White River Now at news@whiterivernow.com. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to download the White River Now mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Get up-to-date local and regional news/weather every weekday morning and afternoon from the First Community Bank Newsroom on Arkansas 103.3. White River Now updates are also aired weekday mornings on 93 KZLEOutlaw 106.5, and Your FM 99.5

Recommended Posts

Loading...