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The Whitehall Journal - White Hall, AR
  • Traffic Stop leads to double felony arrest

  • A Pine Bluff man and woman were each charged with felony possession of a schedule IV controlled substance with the purpose to deliver recently after being stopped by a White Hall Police officer on routine patrol.
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  • According to the reports, Sgt. Sandy Castleberry conducted the traffic stop near the 7500 Block on Dollarway Road after observing a gray Ford Mustang with green headlights traveling southbound.
    Upon approaching the vehicle, Castleberry reported that he smelled the odor of burnt marijuana while making contact with the driver, later identified as Ebonee Shaquan Williams, 26, of Pine Bluff. The officer advised Williams that he stopped her because of the green headlights and Williams replied that they were on the car when she purchased it. Williams could only produce a state ID card, stating that she did not have a driver’s license. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Marquise Williams, 23, of Pine Bluff, could only produce a state ID card as well. While running warrants check on them, officer Brian Hornsby arrived to assist Castleberry with the stop. Results from the check indicated that Ebonee Williams had an outstanding warrant with the city of Maumelle at which point, officers placed him in custody however, a short time later, officers were informed that White Hall was outside Maumelle’s extradition limits.
    While in the process of releasing Williams, Hornsby observed a piece of a green vegetable like substance, believed to be marijuana, lying loose on the passenger side and placed Williams back into custody. As Castleberry conducted a search he reported that he observed what he believed to be marijuana residue on his shirt. Castleberry then asked the driver to exit the car who told officers she did not know anything about the suspected marijuana in her vehicle. Once a duty wrecker was dispatched, officers began an inventory of the vehicle’s contents and subsequently found a plastic Game Stop shopping bag, containing two new games in their cases and a large plastic baggy which contained a large amount of suspected marijuana. Castleberry also reported that he noticed a piece of a plastic baggy hanging out from under the center console on the passenger side and was able to pull it out. It also contained suspected marijuana.  Castleberry also found a set of electronic scales with suspected marijuana residue on them in the driver’s purse, which was sitting in the front passenger’s seat.
    Both individuals were transported to the White Hall Police Department where they were met by Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator, Dennis Kendall who interviewed the two suspects before taking them into custody along with the evidence that was collected. Both were given a court date for  noon on Jan. 8, at White Hall City Hall.
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