A 29-year-old Little Rock man was accused of money laundering and possession of pills and marijuana, according to arrest reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped at 12:38 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, on the north Interstate 30 service road near mile marker 120 to check on the occupant of a Honda Accord stopped on the side of the road. Upon contact, deputies alleged a strong odor of marijuana emitted from inside of the car. Baggies containing a green, leafy substance believe were observed on the front seat and pills were visible in the ashtray, Lt. Amanda Weatherford and Deputy Drew Fisher alleged in arrest reports.
While a deputy was conducting a records check using the Arkansas man’s information, the man allegedly moved to the passenger’s side of the car, where he could be seen making furtive movements. The deputy returned to the car to find the man placing items into the back of his underwear, and when the Arkansas man turned around there was a large bulge in his underwear, deputies alleged in arrest reports.
When a deputy attempted to place the man into handcuffs, he pulled away, resisting the sheriff’s officer’s efforts. The Arkansas man, identified in arrest reports as Bryon Jamison Brown, reportedly reached for the bulge several times. The officer removed a clear bag with several different pills inside and a bag of marijuana from that area, then found a large amount of US currency in Brown’s pocket, Weatherford and Fisher alleged in arrest reports. A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed scales, empty baggies, marijuana, empty medication bottles and other paraphernalia.
Brown was taken to jail, where the pills were identified as 2.39 grams of oxycodone and 0.42 grams of hydrocodone. The money was reported to be over $2,500 but less than $30,000, according to arrest repots.
Brown remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday morning, Aug. 22. Bond was set at $10,000 on a tampering with physical evidence charge and a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, $5,000 on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge and $15,000 on the money laundering charge, according to jail reports.