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Delight man sentenced on drug charges

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NASHVILLE – A Delight man arrested on drug charges late last year entered guilty pleas to the allegations Wednesday in Howard County Circuit Court.
Brent Watts, 44, was sentenced to four years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with two suspended and a judicial transfer to an Arkansas Community Correction center after pleading guilty to an amended charge of possessing methamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia. Watts was originally charged with possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver in addition to the paraphernalia charge.
According to a narrative prepared by Deputy Travis Turner at the time of Watts’s arrest, the suspect was taken into custody after Turner “observed a Black Nissan Titan cross over the center line several times” on Dec. 18, 2014.
“I identified the driver as Jeremy Smith and the front passenger as Brent Watts,” Turner wrote in the affidavit of arrest. “While speaking with Mr. Smith, I noticed he wouldn’t make eye contact with me. Mr. Smith’s hands were shaking extremely badly while he handed me his insurance and registration.”
The affidavit further alleges that Smith, a convicted felon on parole, consented to a search of the vehicle during which the county’s new K9, Kilo, alerted to the presence of drugs on the passenger side of the vehicle.
“While I was searching the vehicle, Deputy Joey Davis located three small baggies of suspected methamphetamine inside … Mr. Watts’s right boot,” Turner wrote in the narrative. “Deputy Davis also located a syringe inside the subject’s boot.”
The alleged contraband weighed just over three grams, according to the affidavit.
In addition to his prison sentence, Watts was ordered to pay court costs and a drug assessment fee.