Two Jefferson County men were arrested on drug charges Friday after the vehicle they were in was stopped by an Arkansas State Trooper on Interstate 530.
Ross Tweedy, 50, and Billy Wayne Paradise, 51, will each have to post a $25,000 bond to be released from the county detention center while prosecutors prepare felony charges against them.
State Police Special Agent Rick Newton reported that Trooper Ryan Fenton stopped the vehicle driven by Tweedy because the license plate did not match the vehicle’s description.
Newton reported that Paradise was a passenger in the vehicle and Trooper Fenton found a flashlight in Paradise’s pocket that did not work. When Fenton unscrewed the lid on the flashlight, he found a plastic bag containing two pink pills believed to be ecstasy and a second plastic bag containing a white powder substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.
When Tweedy was patted down for officer safety, found a pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and a small black bag containing eight plastic bags.
Newton reported that five of the bags were empty, a sixth contained a white powder substance and the other two contained a hard white substance and all those substances tested positive for methamphetamine.
A .32-caliber handgun was found in a compartment under the steering wheel, and Tweedy had a prior felony conviction on drug-related charges.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed Paradise, who is on parole, had multiple prior felony convictions and has drug-related charges pending against him stemming from an incident last year.
Jefferson County district Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled prosecutors had probable cause to charge Paradise with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and to charge Tweedy with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine with purpose to deliver.