Arkansas State Police arrest Mississippi woman on I-40 in Pope Co. accused of trafficking fentanyl

POPE COUNTY, Ark. – State police said a traffic stop made for speeding in Pope County led to the discovery of a bag of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police said 31-year-old Jasmine Charmain Petty of Pittsboro, Mississippi, was arrested Tuesday on Interstate 40 near Mile Marker 86 on the east side of Russellville.

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Troopers said they initially stopped Petty for speeding and continuously driving in the left passing lane while she was heading east on I-40.

During a search of Petty’s vehicle, the troopers said they found a bag in the center console containing approximately half a pound of counterfeit hydrocodone pills containing fentanyl.

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ASP Colonel Mike Hagar said state troopers will keep working to keep fentanyl out of Arkansas communities.

“Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous substance that has led to a significant increase in overdose-related deaths across this country,” Hagar said in a release. “Our troopers will continue to fight to keep this deadly substance out of our communities and uphold our primary duty to keep Arkansans safe.”

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Petty was booked into the Pope County Detention Center Tuesday but was released on bond shortly after noon Wednesday. Troopers said she faces a felony charge of trafficking a controlled substance, and she is scheduled to be in court in mid-May.

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