Evicted man now residing in Marion County jail

A Marion County man, 35-year-old Christopher Mann of Flippin, has had a new home in the Marion County Detention Center since being evicted from his residence May 10.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Mann was a passenger in a vehicle stopped just before midnight in Flippin. The vehicle had been observed sitting at a gas pump at a closed station. When the SUV pulled away, as the officers waited for a return from the Arkansas Crime Information Center, they stopped the vehicle for its “extremely loud” exhaust, as it traveled through a neighborhood in the middle of the night.

The officers observed the vehicle was packed full of Mann’s belongings, with the other occupants of the SUV advising the Flippin man had just been “kicked out of his current residence.”

With both the driver of the vehicle, who had an expired driver’s license out of Texas, and Mann allegedly consenting to a search of the SUV, officers reportedly located drug paraphernalia, a small plastic bag containing a white crystal-like substance and another bag containing eight cellphone sim cards.

A further search of the vehicle allegedly revealed an iPad with a cracked screen. When one of the officers bumped the device, he noticed it was on, and a message displayed on the screen reading “this iPad has been lost.” The message also gave a number to call.

The second officer dialed the number and spoke with the owner who claimed the device was stolen.

When asked about the message, Mann said it had popped up a few days prior. He said a man, who is a friend of his and the owner of the device, gave it to him.

Mann was transported to the Marion County jail and searched, with a small glass vial containing a white crystal-like substance located in his boot.

The Flippin man told officers he was wearing tennis shoes earlier and just recently put on the boots, unaware of the vial in one of them. One of the officers replied, “I would know if I was standing on a glass vial.”

Mann has been charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as a misdemeanor count of theft by receiving. His bond was set at $5,000.

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