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Thomas Moore Swindol


     Charges are pending against a 29 year old Cleveland, Mississippi man, THOMAS MOORE SWINDOL, in connection with an arrest made this afternoon by the Sheriff’s Office.

     The Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 2:12 PM today about a reckless driver heading East on U. S. Hwy 62/412 in the Henderson area.  The driver of the vehicle was reported to have almost caused a head-on accident. 

   A Wildlife Officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) was in the area and was able to get behind the suspect vehicle, a blue sedan.  After witnessing a violation of the traffic code, the AGFC officer initiated a vehicle stop at the intersection of U. S. Hwy 62/412 and Florence Drive.  Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Menschik arrived as the stop was being made, and both officers approached the driver.

     Officers observed suspected marijuana in plain view inside the vehicle.  Upon questioning, SWINDOL stated that other drugs were inside the vehicle as well. 

    During a search of the vehicle, officers found and seized the following:

Apx 1.5 grams of methamphetamine
Apx 54.8 grams of marijuana
Apx 14.7 grams of cocaine
Multiple controlled substance pills, including Suboxone, Xanax, Alprazolam, Oxycontin, Ecstasy, Clonazepam, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone, and amphetamine salts.

     Drug paraphernalia was also found and seized. 

     THOMAS MOORE SWINDOL was arrested and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center.  He is expected to be formally charged on Monday with a multitude of drug offenses after the Sheriff’s Office submits an affidavit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  He will have a preliminary bond of $50,000 and will be given a date to appear in the Baxter County Circuit Court to answer.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff