MH man pleads guilty to drug-related charges filed after traffic stop

A Mountain Home man pled guilty to drug-related charges against him and was put on probation for four years and ordered to spend two years in one of the community correction centers in the state to undergo treatment for drug addiction.

The sentence, referred to as probation plus, was handed down during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

Thirty-six-year-old Joshua David Partee was arrested during a traffic stop in mid-September last year.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Mountain Home Police officer stopped the vehicle occupied by Partee and a female passenger because he was aware both people had active arrest warrants.

As he approached the vehicle, the officer reported detecting the “strong odor of marijuana” coming from the passenger compartment. He saw the female passenger holding a glass smoking pipe used to ingest the drug.

A search turned up a number of items, including a syringe, 10 oxycodone pills, a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance, another bag with a green leafy substance and digital scales.

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