On May 13, after conducting a routine traffic stop on Hwy. 27 N, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger arrested two Marshall men for drugs and possessing an illegal weapon. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, following the traffic stop, Baysinger ran the vehicle tag, which came back to another vehicle.
Cassell said Baysinger identified the driver as Gary Eugene Johnson, age 37, and when he asked to see Johnson's driver's license, he presented an ID only. Next, Baysinger identified the three passengers in the vehicle. Once an officer with the Marshall Police Department arrived on the scene, Baysinger asked Johnson to exit they vehicle and at that time placed him under arrest.
Baysinger asked the passengers if they were in possession of any weapons and Devon Ragland, age 19, a passenger in the back seat admitted he had a pair of brass knuckles in his pocket. He also pulled out a small bag that contained a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana.
Ragland and Johnson were transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where Johnson was cited with a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license non-alcohol related. Ragland was cited with misdemeanor charges of criminal use of a prohibited weapon and possession of a scheduled VI narcotic.
Both are awaiting their first appearance in Searcy County District Court.