The routine traffic stop of a Baxter County man by Izard County authorities led to the discovery of methamphetamine and the confiscation of over $6,000 in drug money Sept. 24.
Jimmy Pyle, 58, of Gassville was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class Y felony, said Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.
While patrolling in Calico Rock on the evening of Sept. 24, Izard County Deputy Jason Jordan said he stopped Pyle's vehicle for a faulty tail light.
While speaking with Pyle and reviewing his necessary documentation, Jordan noticed Pyle was acting uneasy. He gradually became "extremely nervous, shaking and sweating," Jordan said.
Jordan said he questioned Pyle's behavior and asked for permission to search his vehicle. Pyle denied being in possession of any illegal substances and consented to the search.
Inside Pyle's vehicle on the passenger side, authorities found a Tylenol bottle and small, plastic baggie containing 2.1 grams of a clear crystalline substance that later tested positive as methamphetamine, Jordan said.
After finding the drug, Jordan transported Pyle to the Izard County Sheriff's Department where he was searched by authorities and tested for drugs.
Officers found $5,000 in paper bills in a small, black wallet in Pyle's sock and $1,706 in his regular wallet, and he tested positive for methamphetamine, Jordan said.
At the time of the arrest Pyle was on parole from the Arkansas Department of Correction, and according to information obtained from the Baxter County Circuit Court and the Fulton County Circuit Court, he has a lengthy criminal history related to methamphetamine and marijuana possession.
As of press time Pyle remained in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $1 million bond.
Jordan was assisted by Deputy Gabe Sanders and his K-9 partner, Indy.