If you drive due north of Little Rock for about three hours, you will arrive in Flippin. The Marion County town has a population of less than 2,000 and sits between the White River and the Buffalo National River.
A woman in Flippin recently generated some headlines with an unusual drug arrest. According to a KTHV news report, the 38-year-old was pulled over by a town police officer after he ran her license plate number and discovered that she was apparently driving with expired tags.
The woman reportedly told the officer that it was not her vehicle and that her driver’s license had been suspended. When he ran a check on her name, he apparently learned that she had five outstanding warrants for her arrest.
According to the arrest affidavit, the officer then noticed that her hair bow was fashioned out of a small plastic bag that appeared to contain methamphetamine.
In his report, the cop claimed that he said, “Are you serious?” to the woman. “What?” she asked. “You have a bow in your hair made from a bag of meth,” he replied. She reportedly cursed and said, ” I didn’t know that was here. Someone else put that there and I didn’t know what it was.”
The officer then searched her, and reported finding drug paraphernalia. She was arrested for possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also cited for driving on a suspended license and for not having liability car insurance.
There is no way to determine from a news report with few details if a person is guilty or not as charged. The defendant in this case is like all others: presumed to be innocent until or if the state can prove otherwise.
If you face similar charges, don’t speak to an investigator or prosecutor until you have talked over the evidence, allegations and your legal options with a Little Rock attorney experienced in criminal defense.