Beebe Police Net Almost $30K in Drug Arrest

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By admin | Category: Top Story

Beebe Patrol Lieutenant Brian Duke reported the arrest of two individuals on a felony marijuana charge.  Officer Bryon Hightower was on patrol traveling south on Highway 31 inside the city limits when a north bound vehicle approached him with bright lights on.  Officer Hightower flashed his headlights for the oncoming motorist to dim their headlights but was ignored.  As a result, Hightower accomplished a traffic stop on the vehicle on South Apple Street. The vehicle stopped was 2008 Chevrolet Aveo registered to McKinley D. Rickett of Pickens Chapel Road, Searcy, Arkansas. Time of the stop was 1:42 a.m. on Saturday, October 29th.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Robert Paul Sullins, 26, also of Pickens Chapel Road and the front seat passenger was McKinley Rickett.  It was determined that Sullins was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Officer Hightower asked Sullins to exit the vehicle and informed him that he was under arrest for the two traffic violations and accomplished a pat down search for officer safety.  Officer Hightower found bulges in three of Sullins’ pants pocket and Sullins informed the officer that he had money in his pockets. Hightower removed a large amount of currency from Sullins, placed Sullins in the rear of his police unit. Officer Rick Kelso arrived on scene as back up officer.  Officer Hightower then approached the passenger in the vehicle and Officer Kelso walked to the driver’s door.  Officer Kelso observed a small plastic bag of vegetation on the center console of the vehicle.  The substance in the bag was believed to be marijuana.  Rickett was then asked to get out of the vehicle and informed that she was under arrest for possession of a controlled substance. She was placed in the rear of Kelso’s unit and the officers then conducted an inventory search of the Chevrolet which yielded an additional five large bags of vegetation believed to be marijuana with an approximate weight of eight (8) pounds.  Asst. Chief Ron Lewis and CADTF were notified with Lewis and a CADTF Agent responding to assist in the investigation.  Lieutenant Duke said that Sullins had over $8,000 in cash on his person which was seized. An additional $3,208.10 in cash was seized from the purse of Rickett.  The vehicle was impounded.

Both Rickett and Sullins were arrested for Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Deivery and transported to the White County Detention Center in Searcy and held in lieu of bond.  Additional information led to a search and seizure warrant being issued for the 2008 Chevrolet on October 31st, 2011. CADTF and Beebe Officers seized an additional five (5) bundles of cash concealed inside the vehicle.  The total cash seized came to $29,913.00.  The street value of the marijuana seized was estimated at $8,200.  Chief Ballew said that “This is a perfect example of what team work on a drug case is all about.”