Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance

Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on September 1, 2016, Deputy Justin Meeks was patrolling on Highway 14 near St. James in Stone County, when he encountered a vehicle dragging something metallic under the vehicle onto the pavement, thus causing fiery sparks underneath.  Deputy Meeks stopped the Nissan Maxima and observed the object that was causing the sparks was parts connected to the gas tank.  Deputy Meeks identified the driver as Lonnie Mingues of Pleasant Grove, AR.  A driver’s license check on Mingues revealed that he had an active warrant for his arrest out of Independence County.  He also had a suspended driver’s license for failing to appear in court. 

Deputy Meeks approached the vehicle and informed Mingues that he had an active warrant and was under arrest.  Deputy Meeks observed MINGUES place a cigarette pack on the console.  MINGUES was taken into custody and secured in the vehicle.  Deputy Meeks inventoried the vehicle because he was towing it.  Deputy Meeks located a small plastic baggie of a white crystalline substance that was field tested and was positive as crystal methamphetamine.  Deputy Meeks also located a marijuana smoking pipe in the center console that field tested positive as having marijuana residue inside. 

MINGUES was transported to the Stone County Detention Center and the vehicle was towed.  The drug evidence was turned over to the Drug Task Force.  All evidence was packaged by standard policy and procedure and will be stored at the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force Evidence Storage Facility prior to being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis.