Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on July 13, Debra Lynn Farris, age 55, of Marshall was arrested and charged with various drugs offenses following a routine traffic stop. According to Cassell, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger stopped Farris’ Ford Focus for having a broken windshield, which is a safety violation.
After checking her status through dispatch, Baysinger requested the assistance of the Marshall Police Department K9 Officer Sam Holliman. While at the scene, Holliman thought that Farris appeared to be nervous and decided to use the K9 to conduct an air sniff around the vehicle. The K9 gave an alert signal at the driver’s door so law enforcement conducted a search of Farris’s vehicle.
While searching the vehicle, officers found a zip lock bag that contained a syringe with a dark colored substance inside, a baggy containing a small amount of what appeared to be marijuana, a bag in the glove box that contained a substance that appeared to be marijuana and what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. Officers also located rubber container that had a dark colored substance on it that tested positive for meth and marijuana.
Farris was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor; and a broken windshield violation. At press time, she was being held in the Searcy County Jail awaiting her first appearance in the Searcy County Circuit Court.