Three women are behind bars and are facing drug charges after authorities reportedly found more than 2 pounds of suspected meth during a Friday traffic stop in Greenbrier.
An officer with the Greenbrier Police Department pulled over a 2018 gray Ford Focus at 10:53 p.m. Friday along Highway 65 after noticing the driver, later identified as 44-year-old Lisa Neal of Branson, Missouri, did not have her headlights turned on.
Neal, who told the officer she was driving a rental car, showed to have a suspended license. As authorities worked to identify the other two women in the vehicle, they learned both passengers were convicted felons, and one had an active search waiver on file.
"While gathering information on the occupants of the vehicle, [one of the other officers] came to me stating that the rear passenger [48-year-old Mary Leckrone of Galena, Missouri] only had a prison ID card," the incident report reads in part. "We now had two felons in the vehicle. I contacted [66-year-old Janice Mctyer's] parole officer to notify her of the situation."
As officers searched Mctyer's purse, they found a McDonald's to-go bag filled with two bricks of suspected methamphetamine.
"Inside [the purse], we found a brown McDonald's bag containing two ... large bricks of white crystalline substance," the incident report reads.
Altogether, authorities found 2 pounds of meth, digital scales, a brown address book and $1,740 in cash inside Mctyer's purse. The Conway resident also had a digital scale in her pocket, according to a probable cause affidavit.
As authorities continued searching the vehicle, more contraband was found inside a fold-up chair that was located in the back seat.
"We noticed a blue folding camping chair and began to search its bag, finding multiple containers with crystalline substance inside, [a]long with smoking paraphernalia and small amounts of suspected marijuana." the incident report reads in part. "
According to the affidavit, Neal told authorities that Mctyer drove to Missouri to bring herself and Leckrone to Little Rock so they could get meth and take it back over the state line. Mctyer reportedly admitted that the drugs found in her purse were hers.
"During the post Miranda interview with Janice Mctyer, [she] stated that she had been recently released from prison in Missouri for drug trafficking of 2 pounds of methamphetamine and that the methamphetamine, scales and money that was located in her purse was hers," the affidavit reads in part. "During the post Miranda interview with Lisa Neal, [she] stated that Janice Mctyer had [come] to Missouri and picked up her and Mary Leckrone with the purpose of driving the two to Little Rock ... to retrieve methamphetamine for her and Mary to take back to Missouri [to] split up and sell. Ms. Mary Leckrone declined to answer questions."
Authorities also found about 2 grams of suspected meth inside Neal's purse, according to the affidavit.
The 20th Judicial Drug Task Force was notified of the incident and aided in the investigation.
Each woman faces felony charges following the traffic stop.
Online records show that Mctyer and Neal are both charged with trafficking a controlled substance and Leckrone is charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver. The three suspects are scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. June 25 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the aforementioned charges.