Traffic Stops Net Drugs

Aug 22nd, 2013 | By admin | Category: News and Features

Beebe Police Chief Wayne Ballew reported that two separate traffic stops by officers of his department led to the seizure of marijuana and methamphetamine on August 14th, 2013.  At approximately 1:00 p.m., Investigator Josh Middleton stopped a northbound 2010 Chevrolet Camaro for traveling 11 miles over the 60 m.p.h. work zone at the 30 mile marker.  The driver was identified as Jesus Corona, 27,  of Searcy and the passenger in the vehicle as Sem Cardoza, 26 also of Searcy.  During his contact with the men, Investigator Middleton obtained reasonable cause for a K-9 inspection of the Camaro.

Investigator Brett Shippee responded as back up officer for Middleton. Officer “Owen”(canine) alerted on the Camaro. The subsequent search of the vehicle  netted a plastic bag of high grade marijuana was found in the trunk of the car.  The substance weighed approximately 1.2 ounces and both men were transported to the Beebe Police Department for further investigation.  During his interview, Jesus Corona, said that the marijuana belonged to him. Corona was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance. He was able to bond from the police department.   Cardoza was not charged and released.

At 6:39 p.m. , Asst. Chief Ron Lewis stopped a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the 200 block of N. Elm Street for equipment violations.  The driver was identified as Tony Waggoner, 50, of Beebe and the passenger in the Jeep was identified as Robert Ellsworth Neal, 33, of Beebe. Investigator Josh Middleton and Captain Eddie Cullum responded as back up officers.  When the men were entered into ACIC/NCIC during a terminal inquiry, officers found that Neal had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest issued by the Ward Police Department.  In addition, Neal was found to be on active felony probation through the Arkansas Department of Community Punishment  in Searcy and that his status reflected he was an absonder. Neal was asked to get out of the vehicle and during the course of searching him, prior to being handcuffed, he was found to have numerous small zip loc baggies, a set of digital scales with white residue and a phone charging device in which was hidden two small zip loc bags with white powder and crystal like substance.

Investigator Middleton accomplished a K-9 inspection on the exterior of the Jeep and the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics.  The driver and vehicle was searched and no additonal contraband found. Waggoner was cited for a license violation and released.  Neal was taken to the Beebe Police Department for processing. He was charged with “Possession of methamphetamine for purpose to deliver” and “Possession of drug paraphernalia”. He was transported to the White County Detention Center and incarcerated in lieu of a $10,000 bond.  Neal’s probation officer was notified of his arrest and charges.