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Traffic stop nets arrest

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Driving too slow through Fulton County may cost a Turell man and two companions time in prison.

Prentis Rupert, 38, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of methamphetamine with intent to use, both felonies, after a traffic stop Aug. 19 on Highway 62 east of Salem.

According to authorities, Rupert was in Fulton County to deliver seven plastic baggies containing quantities of methamphetamine.

Fulton County Deputy Kevin Burns said he was patrolling the the highway when he noticed a 2002 Ford Mustang driving slowly.

"That's a good indicator the driver was intoxicated," Burns said.

During the traffic stop Burns said he and another deputy, Bruce Green, asked the driver, who was under the influence of narcotics, for identification.

Rupert, who was driving the vehicle, told officers two different names before revealing his true identity, according to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.

Officers found the methamphetamine while searching the vehicle, Burns said. He said the drugs are a form of ice methamphetamine -- a purer, more expensive form of the drug that is more lucrative for dealers.

Two other occupants in the vehicle, Tina Louise Tillman, 45, and Randy Allen, 34, both of Jonesboro, have also been charged with felony drug counts.

Rupert and Allen are each being held in the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bonds.

Tillman posted a $50,000 bond Aug. 21.

Tillman, Rupert and Allen are slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court Sept. 6.

In an unrelated case, A Mammoth Spring man has been charged with multiple drug offenses after a search of his home.

Russ Neal McMurtrey, 30, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use and manufacture; and furnishing a prohibited article into a correctional facility, all felonies.

According to authorities, items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including camp fuel, phosphorous, coffee filters and containers with off-white granular substances in them, were found during a search of McMurtrey's residence Aug. 16.

Investigator Jimmy Carter with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force said officers found a small quantity of methamphetamine inside McMurtrey's hat while he was being booked at the Fulton County jail.

Carter is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond inside the Fulton County Jail. He is slated to appear in court Sept. 6.

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