On October 7, Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported that a routine traffic stop by a Searcy County Deputy at the Dollar Store in Leslie lead to the arrest of a Missouri man.
Cassell said 42 year old Bobby Bell of Waynesville, Missouri was arrested after law enforcement noticed his car crossing both the centerline and fog line on Hwy. 65. Cassell said when the deputy approached the truck he noticed the driver appeared to be nervous an attempting to conceal something in his clothing.
After running the driver's license through the crime information system, it came back in the name of Stephen O'Neal. After asking O'Neal if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, he stated there was marijuana in the vehicle. The deputy asked both O'Neal and his passenger to step out of the vehicle and move to the rear of the car. At that time, there was nothing on the ground or under the rear of the truck.
The deputy then searched the truck for the for the marijuana and found a silver container that held a green leafy substance and a glass smoking pipe. O'Neal and his passenger were allowed to return to the truck while the deputy issued a citation for the marijuana.
When they moved from their location to get in to the truck, the deputy noticed a syringe where O'Neal and his passenger had been standing. After testing the syringe, it tested positive for crystal methamphetamine.
O'Neal was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing and booking. During the processing, law enforcement learned that O'Neal had provided a false ID and he was actually Bobby Lee Bell, who had a revoked driver's license and was wanted by the Arkansas parole board.
Bell was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor; possession of a Scheduled VI narcotic LT 4 OZ, Class A misdemeanor; driving left of center, and obstructing governmental operations.