A Baxter County man, 24-year-old Aaron Bates of Mountain Home, is facing nine drug and weapon-related charges in Izard County following a traffic stop Thursday. His bond on the charges was set at $100,000.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Bates was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by an Izard County deputy on Arkansas Highway 177 near Pineville, after the officer noticed the car did not have license plate lights.
A record check indicated Bates was wanted on an absconder warrant, leading the deputy to ask him to step out of the vehicle. When he did, the Mountain Home man advised he had a gun in the front pocket of his shirt.
The deputy located a pistol with one round in the chamber and nine other rounds in the magazine.
The driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Jonathan Smith, whose address was not provided, was arrested on a warrant out of Pangburn.
A second deputy responded to the stop with his K9 partner, Hugo, who reportedly made a positive alert on the passenger side rear door of the vehicle. A search of the car allegedly led to marijuana, methamphetamine and various items of drug paraphernalia.
In an interview at the Izard County Sheriff's Office, Bates allegedly told investigators he has been using methamphetamine since he was 18.
He also said he is on active parole on residential burglary charges out of Mountain Home. Bates' criminal history reveals he is a habitual offender with more than one but less than four felony convictions.
Bates has been charged with the felony offenses of possession with the purpose to deliver methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia with purpose to analyze methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia with purpose to ingest methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia with purpose to analyze marijuana; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms; felon in possession of a firearm; and tampering with physical evidence. In addition, he faces misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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