Traffic stop lands two in jail and leads to more than $100,000 in drug monies seized

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Amber Taylor

A traffic stop in Pineville landed a Viola woman and a man from Saffell behind bars July 16 after a large quantity of methamphetamine and cash was found.

According to a release from the Izard County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Charley Melton, the traffic stop was initiated by officers with the Izard County Sheriff’s Department as well as the department’s drug dog Mendy.

The occupants of the vehicle, Robert Carpenter, 45, of Saffell and Amber Taylor, 29, of Viola were placed under arrest.

Robert Carpenter

Mendy alerted on the vehicle at which time approximately one half pound of methamphetamine and $5,304 in cash were seized.

Taylor and Carpenter were transported to the Izard County Jail and charged with trafficking a controlled substance, to wit; methamphetamine; more than 200 grams, and possession of drug Paraphernalia with the purpose to analyze Methamphetamine.

Carpenter is also facing a habitual offender enhancement.  Carpenter’s bond was set at $50,000 (cash only) and Taylor’s bond was set at $25,000 (cash or professional). Both are also on probation with Arkansas Community Corrections whom have a hold on them.

Investigators with the 16th Judicial Drug Task force were called in for follow-up investigation. A search warrant was gained for the county of residence of Carpenter where more Methamphetamine and over $99,000 cash was seized.

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