Marion County woman headed to state drug program

One of three people arrested in early 2017 at a Yellville residence on multiple drug-related charges was back in Marion County Circuit Court last week for a revocation hearing after failing to report to her probation officer.

Online court records indicate 30-year-old Jessica Plant was sentenced to 28 months of supervised probation and ordered to enter one of the state’s Community Correction Centers to complete a drug program.

In January 2017, Plant was arrested when officers executed a search warrant at the Ronald M. “Mike” Shelton residence. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the residence. Shelton was sentenced to six years in the Department of Correction on drug-related charges stemming from his arrest, following a joint investigation by Arkansas State Police, Baxter and Marion counties sheriffs’ offices, the Mountain Home and Flippin police departments and the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Plant was arrested and transported to the Marion County Detention Center where, according to the probable cause affidavit, a small plastic bag containing a crystalline matter and one glass smoking pipe were found concealed within her vaginal area.

Plant was originally charged with four felony drug-related counts and two misdemeanors.

In August 2017, she entered a guilty plea to a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to four years’ probation.

One year later, her probation was revoked, after she failed to adhere to the conditions of the sentence.

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