Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey recently announced the May 10, 2020, arrest of three individuals on anticipated charges relating to the possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Yell County Chief Deputy John Foster said that Deputy Robert Cross reported that he was on patrol on State Highway 27 when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. Deputy Cross initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in Danville after following it and observing a continued pattern of erratic driving. Deputy Cross alleges that when he made contact with the vehicle’s occupants, he smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Justin Forrester, 31 of Danville, acknowledged that he had recently smoked marijuana and that there was drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Deputy Cross was assisted on the scene by Deputy Jacob Braden.

Chief Deputy Foster continued to state that the officers allege that a search of the vehicle yielded over a gram of white crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine, over sixteen grams of green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, several items of drug paraphernalia including smoking devices and scales and $771 in cash.

According to Chief Deputy Foster, Yell County Sheriff’s Department Detective Billy Alvey and Director Joe Patterson of the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force assisted with the follow-up investigation.

The passengers of the vehicle, Autumn Villareal , 32 and Kyla Loftis, 20, both of Danville were also taken into custody on the anticpated charges, Foster said.  Forrester was released on May 12 after posting $10,000 bond and Villareal and Loftis were released the same day after posting $1,500 bond each. Foster advised, “The trio await the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum as well as appearances in Yell County Circuit Court before Judge Jerry Don Ramey.”