Traffic Stop Nets Drug Arrest

May 2nd, 2013 | By admin | Category: Top Story

On Sat., April 27, at approx. 2:20 p.m., Beebe Police Officer Justin Lee accomplished a traffic stop on a 2002 Chevrolet Prism at the intersection of Cherry and Elm Streets for an equipment violation. Officer Lee made contact with the driver who was identified as Joseph C. Gilbert, 36, of McRae. Officer Lee informed Gilbert that only one brake light was functioning on his vehicle and that the broken windshield of the vehicle was not safe and should be repaired. Gilbert appeared very nervous and although he had provided valid proof of insurance on his vehicle he told Officer Lee that he did not have any insurance. Gilbert had a prescription type bottle in his hand when the officer made contact with him and he was observed putting the item in his right boot. When asked to retrieve the item from his boot he did so and admitted that the bottle contained “dope.” He then surrendered the bottle to Officer Lee who found it to contain a small plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine.

Lt. Brian Duke arrived on the scene as back up officer and Gilbert was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was advised of his Miranda Warnings and claimed that he had no additional controlled substances in the vehicle or on his person. The vehicle was impounded and Gilbert was taken to the BBPD for processing. Officer Lee again advised Gilbert of his rights and asked him if he had any illegal item or substance on his person to which his answer was “no.” His pockets were examined by Lee and also his boots removed and examined.

After processing, Officer Lee transported Gilbert to the White County Detention Center in Searcy in order to incarcerate him on the two felony drug charges. During that processing, Gilbert’s clothing was removed in order for him to be put in jail attire. Gilbert’s clothing was examined and an additional small plastic bag with suspected methamphetamine was found in his pants pocket and it is suspected that he had concealed the second bag on his person and when placed in the holding cell at the police department that he had moved the item into his pants pocket.

Officer Lee advised Gilbert that an additional charge of Possessing a prohibited article in a correctional facility was being filed against him. Further investigation revealed that Gilbert is a parolee from the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections. His bond was set at $30,000. An officer with the Searcy office of Parole and Probation was notified of the arrest.