Report of suspicious activity leads to drug arrest


A report of suspicious activity in the area of U.S. 65 and Noble Lake late Thursday night resulted int the arrest of a woman on drug-related charges.

Cynthia Santos, 44, was allegedly knocking on doors and asking for help when Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Harper was sent to the area, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said during a court hearing for Santos Friday morning.

Sheriff’s Investigator Randy Jackson said in a probable cause affidavit that Santos appeared to be intoxicated and told Harper people “were being mean to her and kicked her out.”

Gieringer said Santos was arrested for public intoxication and Harper found a small bag containing a smoking pipe and a small amount of suspected marijuana in the pipe.

Jackson said Santos was asked several times if she had additional drugs on her and responded no each time, and when she was taken to the adult detention center again said no when asked if she had any additional drugs.

Gieringer said while Santos was being booked, jailers found two small smoking pipes and a syringe containing 0.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine that she had carried into the jail.

According to records at the Arkansas Crime Information Center, Santos is on probation in Lincoln County on charges of residential burglary and theft of property.

Circuit Judge Berlin Jones, who was sitting in for Jefferson County Circuit Judge Kim Bridgforth, set a $10,000 bond for Santos after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with furnishing prohibited articles, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Santos.