Traffic stop results in drug arrests

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Carroll County News

Two people were arrested after a traffic stop in Green Forest on Friday, June 14, in which police reported more than a half pound of crystal methamphetamine.

The driver of the vehicle, Austin Alexander, and passenger Cynthia Burges were arrested on multiple charges including trafficking a controlled substance, a Class Y felony. They were transported to the Carroll County Detention Center, where both were still in custody Thursday afternoon.

According to a press release issued Thursday by Green Forest police chief John Bailey, the incident began when officer Josue Rangel noticed a vehicle stop at a traffic light at the intersection of North Springfield Street and Main Street at about 10:20 p.m., although the light was green.

After the light changed to red, the press release says, the vehicle made a right turn onto West Main Street and crossed the center line. Rangel then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.

“During the traffic stop, the driver and passenger were identified,” the release says. “Both subjects were currently on parole and were acting nervously.”

As a condition of their parole, the release says, both individuals had previously signed a search waiver. Rangel and officer Shaun Helmlinger searched the vehicle and found “a large amount” of crystal meth in a black tool bag along with smaller amounts of drugs inside a purse, according to the release.

Other charges against Alexander and Burges include possession of a controlled substance.

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