|Arkansas man pays return visit to county jail|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
June 1, 2006 - For one of two Arkansas men arrested by drug interdiction officers Buddy Williams and Jason Ricketson late Wednedsay, the trip from Interstate 30 to Hopkins County Jail was familiar territory.
Keenan Larod Packard, 20, and Robert Jamar Wilkerson, 23, were charged with possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana, according to Police Chief Jim Bayuk.
Just before midnight Wednesday, Sgt. Ricketson stopped an east-bound rental car for a traffic violation and, after speaking with both occupants, things just did not add up.
"Stories did not go together and they were very nervous and very evasive to the officer's questions," the chief said. "Sgt. Ricketson asked for consent to search the car and consent was denied."
Lt. Buddy Williams came to the scene with his drug dog, Atos, and the dog alerted on the rear of the car and probable cause for a search was established and the officers found a bag in the trunk, Bayuk said.
"Inside the bag was one kilo [2.2 pounds] of cocaine and 10 pounds of marijuana," the chief said. "We don't know where the drugs were destined for, but it was for sale."
Packard and Wilkerson were arraigned before Justice of the Peace Yvonne King Thursday morning and bonds were set at $50,000 for each man on the charge of possession of a controlled substance and $50,000 each for possession of marijuana.
County jail records confirmed that Keenan Larod Packard was free on a bond from a Jan. 21 arrest in Hopkins County for possession of controlled substance when he was arrested late Thursday.