Yellville woman sentenced to probation on drug offense

A Yellville woman, 32-year-old Jill Cowart, has been sentenced to a year's supervised probation on a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia following a negotiated plea in Marion County Circuit Court. Online court records indicate Cowart was originally charged with a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also ordered to pay fines of just over $1,000.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the charge stems from a traffic stop in September 2017 in Flippin. A Flippin Police Department patrolman observed three occupants of a vehicle acting unusual at a convenience store. The vehicle was later observed crossing the centerline of State Highway 202 twice, leading to the traffic stop.

Cowart was a passenger in the vehicle and found to have a warrant out of Marion County.

When she was taken into custody, she told officers she did not have anything illegal on her person or in her belongings. During processing at the Marion County Detention Center, a small baggie containing an unknown residue was located in Cowart's belongings. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine residue.

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