Charges have been filed against a Pineville man accused of possessing cocaine after a February traffic stop in Calico Rock.
The charges stem from a traffic stop conducted by Izard County Deputy Jeff Shehan involving Dennis Gentry, 51, of Pineville in Calico Rock Feb. 17. A search of Gentry's vehicle turned up a cream opaque substance, which the Arkansas State Crime Lab has identified as cocaine, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Lawrence said they had to wait for the crime lab's results to file charges on the cocaine.
At the time of the stop, authorities charged Gentry with three misdemeanors which included driving on a suspended license, criminal impersonation and altering a driver's license. Lawrence said Gentry had a homemade driver's license at the time of the stop. He said Gentry was trying to hide his real identity.
Gentry was out of jail on bond at the time of the traffic stop. Lawrence said those charges were related to methamphetamine and marijuana possession.
"We're beginning to see more and more of it (cocaine). It used to be considered a rich person's drug, but that's not always the case anymore," Lawrence said.
Possession of cocaine is a class B felony, punishable by 5-20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and up to $15,000 in fines.
Gentry had not been arrested as of presstime.