Drugs in tackle box lead to prison sentence


A Stone County man has returned to prison following a traffic stop in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest late last month.

According to the probable cause affidavit in the case, 37-year-old Travis A. Langston of Mountain View was a passenger in the stopped vehicle.

Langston reportedly gave law enforcement consent to search the car he was traveling in.

During the search, multiple small bags of a white crystal substance were allegedly located. The bags were in a tackle box in the back seat of the vehicle.

After being read his rights, the Stone County man reportedly told law enforcement the substance was methamphetamine.

Langston was charged with possession of a controlled substance (meth), Class A felony; and a sentence enhancement as a habitual offender. An online sentencing order indicates Langston received a 15-year prison sentence for the charges.

Langston was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2019 in Baxter County Circuit Court on charges stemming from a traffic stop made by Gassville police the prior year in which drugs, drug paraphernalia and a handgun were found. Langston was a convicted felon at the time and not allowed to have any contact with firearms.

He was an inmate in the North Central Unit of the state prison system at Calico Rock when sentenced in 2019.

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