A traffic stop by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Friday resulted in the arrest of a man on drug and weapons charges.
Shontonia Tidwell, 23, was a passenger in a car driven by Marcus Horton that Sgt. Courtney Kelly stopped after he saw that Horton was not wearing a seat belt. Kelly reported that he was sitting at University Drive and the Martha Mitchell Expressway when he observed a silver Dodge Charger driven by Horton leave the red light.
After stopping the car at 2nd Avenue and Walnut St., Kelly reported approaching Horton, 36, who said he did not have a driver’s license. A records check showed that Horton’s license was suspended and he was wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
When the door to the car was opened, Kelly reported the odor of marijuana and instructed Horton and Tidwell, who was in the right front passenger seat to step out. Tidwell was the owner of the vehicle.
Tri-County Drug Task Force Sgt. Fred Green reported that because of the marijuana odor, Kelly searched the car and found a large sandwich bag with suspected marijuana and a nine-millimeter Ruger handgun in the trunk area. Tidwell reportedly said “I’m sorry, I forgot to take it out.”
When Tidwell was questioned, he reportedly admitted that the car was his and said the marijuana and unloaded gun were his.
The suspected marijuana will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory at Little Rock for analysis.
Green reported that the suspected marijuana weighed 46 grams.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Tidwell. Horton will be held for federal authorities.