PAROLEE ARRESTED ON FIREARMS POSSESSION CHARGE
Cody B. Stradford
A local Parolee, 31 year old CODY B. STRADFORD of rural Mountain Home, has been arrested on a weapons possession charge.
STRADFORD was arrested late Monday evening, October 17th, after Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell investigated a suspicious vehicle parked at a building in the 2000 block of State Highway 5 North. Corporal Morrell found two persons seated inside the parked vehicle. The driver was identified as CODY STRADFORD, who is on active Parole with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.
A search of the Parolee’s vehicle was conducted by Corporal Morrell. While searching the vehicle, the deputy observed several rounds of .243 caliber ammunition and asked STRADFORD if there was a weapon in the vehicle, which STRADFORD denied. A continuation of the search uncovered a .243 caliber rifle, wrapped in a towel. The firearm was concealed between the back seat and the trunk area. Being a convicted felon, STRADFORD is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm, and he was taken into custody.
CODY STRADFORD was transported to the Detention Center and booked in at 12:06 AM this morning on charges of:
Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons – Felony
He has a bond of $5,000 on the weapons charge but is being held without bond on the Parole Violation. STRADFORD will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on October 27th. The passenger was not arrested or charged with any offense.
/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff