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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest


  A traffic stop conducted by Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger led to the arrest of a Perryville man. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, on the evening of March 13, Baysinger conducted a traffic stop in Marshall on the vehicle driven by 31 year old Levi Justin Cook of Perryville.

  While speaking with Cook, who appeared nervous, Baysinger could smell marijuana coming from the car. After Baysinger ran Cook's information through the crime information computer, he learned that Cook on probation and had a valid search waver on file.

  After asking for backup from Marshall Police Officer Kevin Ward, they conducted a search of Cook's vehicle and in the center console they found a bag that contained a green leafy substance. Cook also told officers he had "dope" in his wallet. After searching the wallet, officers found a bag that contained a substance consistent with crystal methamphetamine. In the vehicle, officers also located a rolled marijuana cigarette and a bag that contained a green leafy substance and pills.

  Cook was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing and booking. Officers tested the crystal-like substance with a Nar Tec field test kit and it tested positive for crystal meth. Cook was charged with felony possession of meth or cocaine LT 2 GM and misdemeanor possession two counts of a scheduled IV or V narcotic LT 28 GM, misdemeanor possession of a scheduled VI narcotic LT 4 OZ, driving left of center and operating defective equipment.

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