A Conway man police allege had 45 grams of methamphetamine faces drug and endangering the welfare of a minor charges.
According to court documents, the Conway Police Department received a call shortly before 7:30 p.m. May 25 in reference to a couple smoking marijuana while in line at the McDonald’s drive-thru on Dave Ward Drive with a minor child in a green Honda Accord.
The vehicle left McDonald’s and went to the Dollar General on Dave Ward Drive while officers headed to investigate.
"The vehicle left McDonald’s and crossed Dave Ward to the Dollar General store where the black male passenger and white female driver went into the store, leaving the child in the car," a probable cause affidavit states.
When officers arrived on scene, they identified the driver as 29-year-old Krystal Ledet and the passenger as 40-year-old Ronald Buie. CPD also noted smelling marijuana in the parking lot as it approached the green Honda. The smell "grew stronger" the closer the officer got to the vehicle.
The officer noted finding a "marijuana cigarette sitting on the console next to the gear shifter" before determining Ledet had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Buie showed to have active felony warrants out of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.
While conducting a probable cause search of the vehicle, police found a black and chrome Smith & Wesson SW40 semi-automatic pistol in the floorboard.
There was no magazine in the gun when officers found it.
"The pistol was sitting on a black bag that was half way tucked in it," the affidavit reads. "There were also [three] half pint bottles of T. W. Samuels [whiskey] bottles that were about half empty. The was another, smaller black bag I found inside. Inside this bag, I located a long, clear glass smoking pipe with a handkerchief wrapped around it [and] a large bag of crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine with a field test."
The report noted there was about 45 grams of meth in the vehicle.
When officers searched Buie, they found $1,346, which was confiscated.
The two were arrested and the child was placed in the care of the Department of Human Services.
Officers later extracted evidence from Buie’s cell phone.
"Due to my training and experience as a narcotics investigator, I have learned that persons engaged in the sales of narcotics frequently use their cellular devices to facilitate transactions," on officer wrote in a search warrant affidavit, noting the amount of meth found in the vehicle "is not a user amount of illicit drugs."
Buie was charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of firearms by certain persons, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor charges.
Buie is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. June 12 for a plea and arraignment hearing. He is currently being held in the county jail on a $150,000 bond.
Ledet was being held in the county jail in lieu of a $1,320 bond because of the outstanding failure to appear warrant against her.