Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported the arrest of 59 year old Leslie resident, Kevin Lee Massey for illegally possessing a firearm. According to Cassell, the arrest occurred following a routine traffic stop that occurred on November 14 on Oxley Road in Oxley.
Cassell stated that Searcy County Deputy Troy Dye and Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce conducted a traffic stop on Massey, and when Dye approached the vehicle, he noticed that Massey appeared nervous and was acting suspicious, so Dye asked for permission to search Massey's vehicle, due to officer safety.
During the search of Massey's vehicle, Dye found a small bag of marijuana in the back seat. Dye said that Massey told him there was also a handgun in the vehicle that did not belong to him, but it was given to him to "hold." The firearm was a Phoenix Arms .22 caliber with a safety destroyed and removed from the gun.
Cassell explained that for his office to investigate the firearm, Massey was written a citation for possession of a controlled substance and released. The next day, Angelique Turner contacted the sheriff's office and requested to speak to someone about the firearm recovered from Massey the day before.
On December 6, a search warrant was executed at Massey's residence. During the search, law enforcement found Angelique Turner, who was arrested at the scene for possession of methamphetamine. Law enforcement personnel also asked Turner about the handgun found in Massey's possession and she stated when she was placed on felony probation she was not allowed to be in possession of a handgun, so she gave it to Massey for keeping. Both Massey and Turner are convicted felons and neither are allowed to be in possession of firearms.
On December 10, Twentieth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews and Deputy Prosecutor Benjamin Fruehauf issued a warrant for the arrest Kevin Lee Massey for possession of firearms by certain persons, a Class D felony.
On December 23, Massey was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where he is being held on a felony firearms charge. During the arrest of Massey at his residence, Deputy Joey Baysinger located felony Drug Paraphernalia inside the Massey residence. Massey was arrested on the firearms warrant and received additional charges of Felony Drug Paraphernalia, a Class D Felony. He has posted bond and is awaiting Searcy County Circuit Court.