Conway police seized four pounds of marijuana in a pre-dawn I-40 traffic stop on Wednesday. After being stopped for following too closely behind a tractor-trailer, the driver gave consent for an officer to search his Ford Mustang, according to a Conway Police Department incident report released today, with four pounds of plastic-wrapped “bricks” of suspected marijuana sitting in the back floorboard.
The driver, identified in the report as 25-year-old Grant Santos Chapa of Heber Springs, had admitted to having a .45ACP handgun in the car prior to the search, as well as an Arkansas concealed handgun license. However, the simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms is a separate offense under Arkansas code, and a class-Y felony carrying a minimum 10-year sentence.
According to the arresting officer’s incident report, the driver was following “about 20-30 feet” behind a tractor trailer, “greatly reducing his ability to see potential hazards.” This, along with an unsignalled lane change, were the basis for the traffic stop, and when the officer asked the driver if he would consent to a search of the vehicle. “Yeah, if you want to,” was the reply.