From Conway Police Department reports

Man with meth in pocket catches felony charge

A Desha County man was arrested on a felony drug charge late Tuesday night.

Records show Dokota Layne Moreland, 22, of Watson is currently behind bars in the Faulkner County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,500 bond following a Tuesday night incident outside of a Conway gas station.

Officer Cebron Hackett was patrolling near the Mobil On The Run gas station around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday "due to the recent string of robberies in our city" when he noticed a gold Chevrolet pickup truck that had a license plate that was registered to another vehicle on it, according to an incident report.

As he walked up to speak with the driver, the suspect walked out of the business and immediately seemed when talking to Hackett, the report said.

"While speaking with the male, he was talking really fast and seemed kind of nervous," Hackett wrote in his report. "He explained that he had just purchased the vehicle, but he did not have the bill of sale with him. He assured me that he was still within the [30] days needed to register the vehicle."

Moreland allowed officers to search him, claiming he only had a "Zippo lighter and some change" in his pockets, the report states.

However, as authorities searched him, Moreland reportedly tried to put his hands in his pockets shortly before Hackett found a small blue case that was wrapped in electrical tape.

Once the case was located, the 22-year-old told police to "just take me to jail, that's some bad stuff."

Moreland told officers he had methamphetamine in the case and was ultimately arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

The Desha County man was charged with a Class D felony after police learned there was 3.5 grams of meth in the case, the report states.

UCA students caught with marijuana at Cadron

Police took away marijuana from two teens who drove to the Cadron Settlement Park early Wednesday morning.

According to an incident report, officer Darren K. Baugh was conducting a security sweep of the park shortly after midnight Wednesday when he noticed a red 1992 Ford Ranger parked near a picnic table.

Two University of Central Arkansas students were in vehicle and claimed they drove to the park because "they had not been there in a while and they just wanted to hangout."

One of the 18-year-olds told Baugh the two teens were roommates before suddenly yelling out there was "about half a gram of marijuana along with a pipe in the glove box," the report states.

Baugh searched the vehicle and did not find any other contraband from what the teens admitted to having.

According to the report, the officer opted not to charge the 18-year-old college students "due to both subjects having a clean record and the minor amount of marijuana."

The contraband was confiscated and the two teens were released from the scene, the report said.