Benton Police Arrest 7 on Drug Charges

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Benton Police arrest 7 on drug charges

BENTON, Ark. – Seven suspects have been arrested on drug charges in separate incidents within the last week.

The Benton Police Department (BNPD) provided details in a news release issued on Thursday.

Those facing drug related charges are identified as Ryan Christopher Evans, 26, of Alexander; Latera Weatherly, 35, of Mabelvale; Bryant Bruce, 41, of Benton; James Freitas, 39, of Benton; Lydia Ann Fitzgerald, 32, of Bauxite; Bobby Wayne Apperson, Jr., 32, of Bauxite; and Josh Dane Salyers, 25, of Benton.

Evans was stopped by officers at Military and Smithers on Jan. 31 for a defective headlight when the odor of marijuana was noticed. During a search of the vehicle officers noted finding suspected marijuana, a suspected meloxicam pill, and several drug paraphernalia items in a wooden box located inside the vehicle. Evans was taken into custody and faces charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and was cited for Defective Headlights, No Proof of Insurance and No Driver’s License.

Later that afternoon, a traffic stop was conducted on Smithers Road for failure to wear a seatbelt when the driver, Weatherly, admitted to having a suspended driver’s license and being on parole with the Arkansas Department of Correction. During a consent to search, officers noted finding several drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine, and suspected Hydrocodone pills. Weatherly was taken into custody and faces charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled III Substance (Hydrocodone), two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fictitious Tags, Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License and No Seat Belt.

On the evening of Jan. 31, a traffic stop was conducted at East and Elm for no tail lights. The driver, Bruce was found to have an active warrant with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, and passenger, Freitas was found to have warrants with the Benton Police Department. During a search of the vehicle, officers reported finding 4-5 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Bruce was taken into custody and faces a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Freitas was taken into custody and faces charges of Obstruction of Governmental Operations and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Freitas additionally was served a felony warrant for Delivery of Methamphetamine, Use of Another’s Property to Facilitate a Crime, and Proximity to Certain Facilities, along with a misdemeanor warrant for Failure to Pay.

On Feb. 1, a traffic stop was conducted for a non-functioning brake light. During a search of the vehicle, a bag containing 8.5 grams of suspected marijuana, 1.2 grams of suspected marijuana, and drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle. The driver, Fitzgerald was taken into custody and faces charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The passenger, Apperson was taken into custody and faces charges of Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Governmental Operations, and was served an absconder warrant from the Parole Board.

On Feb. 2, officers responded to the Saline County Courthouse in reference to drug possession. Bailiffs reported to officers that Salyers was found to have suspected marijuana in his possession during a search. Salyers was transported to the Saline County Jail and faces a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

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