20 Pounds of Pot Equal $250,000 BondNovember 7th, 2008 by Joe Burgess
Two men who were stopped by Arkansas State Trooper Clayton Moss, nearÂ LaceyÂ Wednesday, went before Monticello District Court Judge Ken Harper, Friday for first appearance bond hearings.
Benny Armstrong, of Little Rock received a bond of $250,000, while Derrel Fleming, reportedly of McGehee, earned a bond of $10,000, for their transportation and possession of over 20 pounds of marijuana.
Armstrong received the higher bond, likely to his description as an alleged “habitual offender” in the crinimal information document that has been filed in the circuit clerk’s office for the case.
Both men have now been charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, which in this case is a “Class B” felony, based on the amount of weed recovered.
Possible sentence for Armstrong is 5-40 years in the Dept. of Corrections, while Fleming’s sentence could range from 5-20 years.
The story below posted on Thursday, November 6, 2008
Trooper’s Traffice Stop Finds 20 Pounds of Pot
Around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, Arkansas State Trooper Clayton MossÂ was on patrol on Hwy 425Â in theÂ Lacy area, andÂ stopped a pickup truck for speeding. There were two males in the truck,Â and Trooper MossÂ could smell marijuana, andÂ noticed that theÂ passenger was drinking on the highway.
As the Trooper wasÂ talking with the passenger, he wasÂ given a small bag of marijuana.Â Trooper MossÂ searched the truck and found a large trash bag in the bed of the pickup truck, which contained aÂ duffel bag. Inside of the duffel bag were two large bundles of marijuana, wrapped in trash bags and duct tape.
Each bagÂ weighed over ten pounds, for a total of over 20 pounds of marijuana!
Trooper Donny Crow arrived during the stop and assisted.Â State Police Special Agent Scott Russell also arrived and helped with the interview and interrogation.
The Troopers seized the truck and over $1,000 in cash. Both men had previous drug violation arrests, andÂ were charged with Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and taken to the Drew County Detention Facility. Lock and KeysÂ provided the tow.
One of the men arrested had a McGehee address, while the other shows to be from Little Rock.