Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Sergeant Lane reports that he and Deputy Musler were on patrol on Highway 7 North yesterday when they conducted a traffic stop on a red Chevrolet Blazer for driving 53 Mph in a 45 Mph zone and having an obstructed windshield.
Deputies went up and made contact with the driver. He seemed to be very nervous, distracted and was uneasy as he dug around for his paperwork. The driver’s pertinents were checked through the police computer. The check revealed that that the driver, Codey James Slyter, 28, of Brumley Trail in Garland County, was on parole with a search waiver on file. Parolee Slyter was asked if there was anything in the vehicle that deputies needed to know about. Parolee Slyter said that there might be a gun in the backpack next to him. Parolee Slyter was detained for investigation.
Deputies searched the backpack and found a loaded Ruger .380 caliber pistol. Deputies could not determine the serial number on the gun – it had been filed off. Also found inside the backpack were 6 unused syringes, several new zip baggies, a baggy containing approximately .5 gram meth, a baggie containing .8 gram MDMA (Ecstasy), a baggie containing approximately 3.5 grams of marijuana and approximately 10 Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen pills.
A check of Parolee Slyter’s criminal history showed that he was convicted of Felony Possession Of Meth in 2019. Convicted felons are prohibited form possessing firearms in the State of Arkansas.
Parolee Slyter was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. The 18th East Judicial Drug Task Force responded to the jail. They assumed the case and seized the Chevrolet Blazer the parolee was stopped in. He is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth With Intent To Deliver, Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms, Possession Of Firearm By Certain Person, Felony Possession Of Defaced Firearm, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x2, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver x2 and Possession Of A Controlled Substance with bond set at $26,500 and a parole hold has been placed.