Gassville man gets prison time on drug charges


A 44-year-old Gassville man was sentenced to five years in prison with two to serve and three suspended during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

Anthony Scott Payne was sentenced after pleading guilty to drug-related charges. According to the probable cause affidavit, he was arrested on New Year's Eve in 2017 when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped by a Mountain Home policeman on a minor traffic infraction.

At the time of the stop, Payne was an active parolee with a search waiver on file. The officer found a glass smoking pipe and Payne is alleged to have admitted he had recently smoked methamphetamine. The female driving the car also admitted to using methamphetamine recently and turned over a plastic bag holding .38 grams of the drug.

During a secondary search after Payne arrived at the Baxter County Detention Center, he was found to have a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine in one of his pockets.

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