Traffic stop leads to arrest of two on drug related charges

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    DIERKS – A traffic stop for multiple suspected traffic violations west of Dierks resulted in the arrest of two women late Monday evening.

    According to a report made by a member of the Arkansas State Police, a maroon Ford Mustang with very darkly tinted windows was observed driving not far from the Howard/Sevier county line toward Dierks around 10:45 p.m. The trooper’s report stated that the tint was very heavy, and he suspected that it might exceed the legal limit on window tint, and so pulled behind the vehicle. After following the vehicle some distance, the trooper reportedly noted that the Mustang’s taillight lens was covered with black tape and that the vehicle had crossed the center line of the highway more than once.
    The report goes on to state that the trooper stopped the vehicle on Highway 70 West, and that Dierks police investigator John McKee arrived shortly thereafter.
    After stopping the vehicle, the driver, Johnnie D. Hughes, 39, and the passenger, Angelia Michele Getts, 45, reportedly stated to the trooper that they were returning to their shared residence in Dierks after driving to the home of Hughes’s aunt to get cold medicine. The trooper’s statement notes that he felt the pair were acting in a nervous manner, and asked for consent to search the vehicle. After denying the presence of any type of contraband, the two allegedly consented to a search of the vehicle.
    In the report submitted to the court, the state trooper claimed to have found a small white cloth bag containing a glass pipe wrapped in toilet paper. The pipe was noted as being similar to those used for smoking methamphetamine.
    Both Hughes and Getts were arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and booked into the Howard County jail, where they were later released on $2,500 bond each.