The Mansfield Police Department made a felony drug arrest on an out-of-state fugitive on Thursday, March 25.
Officer Chelcie Fletcher initiated a traffic stop on a maroon-colored pickup truck for a defective taillight at the entrance of River Valley Feed and Metal on Highway 71 in Mansfield. After making contact with the driver, identified as Billy Allen of St. Francisville, LA., Officer Fletcher noticed the smell of marijuana from inside the vehicle. Upon running Allen’s information through dispatch, it was discovered that he had three active warrants out of Sebastian County, one active warrant out of Leflore County, OK, and an active warrant with the board of parole. Dispatch also advised that Allen was a parolee on active supervision with a search waiver on file.
Officer Fletcher advised the driver that she could smell the odor of marijuana and asked if there was anything inside the vehicle. Allen stated that he “had smoked a joint and threw it out the window prior to the traffic stop.”
Officer Fletcher informed Allen that she would be searching the vehicle given the search waiver on file, and asked both occupants to exit the vehicle. Officer Fletcher noticed that the bottom of the front dashboard was missing from the vehicle, and observed what appeared to be the corner of a black cloth bag hanging down. The officer removed the glove compartment to retrieve the bag which allegedly contained a clear plastic baggie of a green leafy substance, a scale, a black Ziplock bag containing two joints with a green leafy substance, rolling papers, and a small black velvet drawstring bag containing a plastic bag with a white crystal-like substance.
According to the police report, Allen informed Officer Fletcher that the bag belonged to him. He was then placed under arrest and transported to the Sebastian County Detention Center.
Allen was charged as a fugitive from justice from out of state, failure to appear – class B misdemeanor, two counts of theft of property <$1k, possession of schedule VI controlled substance with the purpose to deliver >4oz., and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a class Y felony.