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Traffic stop leads to arrests

Thursday, September 6, 2007

A random traffic stop for a defective tail light led to the arrest of an Ash Flat woman and Lawrence County man Aug. 25.

Jennifer L. Pittman, 21, and Terry G. Newsome, 45, are facing multiple felony charges for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after illegal substances were found hidden in their vehicle as well as in their bodies, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.

Around 12:30 on the morning of Aug. 25 Officer Coty Williams with the Arkansas State Police stopped the vehicle driven by Newsome in an area near Melbourne. Pittman was in the passenger seat.

Newsome told Williams his license was suspended, and after running a check Williams learned that there was a warrant for Newsome's arrest issued out of Lawrence County, Williams said.

Williams contacted Izard County deputies Phil Storey and J.T. Baker for assistance in the arrest. Baker placed Pittman, who became nervous during the stop, into his patrol car as Newsome was cuffed for her safety, Williams said.

Before the officers left the scene to transport Newsome, Williams asked both he and Pittman if any illegal substances were in the vehicle. They both said no and consented to have the vehicle searched, Williams said.

While inspecting the vehicle, Storey located a a small plastic bag containing a crystalline substance and a small plastic spoon with a white residue, and Baker found a set of digital gram scales hidden under the back seat, Williams said.

Once the two were at the Izard County Detention Center, Williams said Pittman became increasingly nervous and emotional.

He said Pittman then confessed to Storey that she had methamphetamine on her person, hidden in her vagina in a cellophane cigarette wrapper and that Newsome had a syringe hidden in his anus.

Both the methamphetamine and syringe were recovered.

Newsome was charged with three counts of possessing an instrument of crime, possessing a controlled substance, introducing drug paraphernalia into a detention facility, driving on a revoked license, speeding and operating a defective vehicle.

As of press time, Pittman and Newsome were being held by authorities.

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