BC man ordered into drug court program


A Gassville man appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court last week and entered a guilty plea to charges of possessing methamphetamine, marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia.

Forty-two-year-old Christopher John Jenkins was put on probation for six years and ordered into the 14th Judicial District Drug Court Program. He will also be required to first spend 90 days in an addiction treatment program at one of the Community Correction Centers in the state.

Jenkins was arrested in late May last year in the campground at Henderson Park by a Baxter County deputy sheriff. The deputy reported seeing a pickup truck driven by Jenkins pull onto the roadway from the shoulder and almost collide with another vehicle. According to the probable cause affidavit, when the deputy made contact with Jenkins after the near accident, he reported detecting the strong odor of what he suspected was marijuana.

The deputy reported finding both drugs and drug paraphernalia on Jenkins' person and in his vehicle.

At the time of Jenkins' arrest last year, it was noted he had been booked into the Baxter County Detention Center 10 times since 2013. Most of Jenkins' criminal cases have been drug-related.

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