Failure to dim vehicle lights leads to drug arrest


A Norfork man, 45-year-old Michael John McHugh, was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center Monday evening on felony drug charges and released later the same evening.

According to the probable cause affidavit, McHugh's vehicle was stopped by a Gassville Police Department officer on February 10th for failure to dim lights. McHugh was allegedly driving on a suspended license, having no proof of insurance and while consuming alcohol at the time of the stop.

With McHugh on active supervision and a search warrant on file, a search of his vehicle was conducted. In the rear pocket of the passenger seat, the Gassville police officer located a plastic baggie containing 3.6 grams of a clear crystal like substance, as glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and a set of digital scales. The crystal like substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.

McHugh was arrested and supposed to come to the Gassville Police Department February 12th to discuss the felony charges, but failed to do so.

McHugh is charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $5,400. He is set to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court.

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