A Mayflower man arrested last week in a drug bust along Paradise Circle was picked up again on Tuesday after authorities pulled him over while he was reportedly driving a stolen vehicle.
Christopher Harold Langley, 51, was arrested on May 22 after the Mayflower Police Department conducted a search warrant at his Paradise Circle home upon learning that his 9-year-old daughter tested positive for methamphetamine after visiting him home. Monica Lynn Jefferies, 25, who was also at the Mayflower residence faces a drug charge following the incident.
Less than one week later, the 51-year-old Mayflower man was put behind bars in the Faulkner County Detention Center again.
According to the newly-filed felony case, officer Doug Hunter was patrolling the Paradise area when he noticed a black SUV drive by that did not have a windshield.
"As I slowed down, the vehicle passed me and I saw that the vehicle had no license plate displayed as well," Hunter wrote in his report.
As the Mayflower officer pulled in behind Langley, the 51-year-old reportedly ignored Hunter's presence and attempted to walk toward his front door until the officer "challenged and approached him at the corner of the mobile home."
Langley claimed the vehicle was his and that he "bought it about a year ago," according to the report. However, he soon began acting extremely nervous.
"He had started to tremble and his breathing became rapid and deep," Hunter noted in his report.
As he inspected the vehicle to get its vehicle identification number (VIN), Hunter learned the VIN plate was damaged and returned to a different vehicle. He located the correct VIN number under the driver's door and learned the vehicle had been reported as stolen in Little Rock in June 2018.
After confirming with Little Rock police that the vehicle was stolen, Langley was arrested on one felony count of theft by receiving. He was also charged with three unclassified misdemeanors — defective equipment, driving a vehicle without tags and a no insurance citation — following the traffic stop.
The 52-year-old was booked into the county jail at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Online records show he posted bond four hours and 20 minutes later.
The Mayflower man posted a $75,000 bond last week after he was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of drug manufacturing paraphernalia and maintaining a drug premises.
The search warrant that led to the aforementioned charges was approved after a 9-year-old girl told Hunter earlier this month that she saw large bags “containing green material in each” while at her father’s home. The girl also told authorities she found a suspicious substance that “looked like salt or maybe rock salt” while at the Paradise Circle residence.
Authorities interviewed the young girl after she tested positive for methamphetamine at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in late April.
Hospital staff told police it was "a confirmed result, i.e. not a false positive or cross-reaction with a legal substance,” the report states. “This result indicates exposure to the drug during approximately the preceding [three] months.”
Upon searching the home, authorities confiscated a total of 30.3 grams of marijuana (a little more than an ounce) located in three separate bags, as well as 130 grams (a little more than 4.5 ounces) that was located in three separate bags.
“One plastic bag contained approximately 100 grams and a second located in a pill bottle contained 25 grams of the same substance,” the felony probable cause affidavit reads in part. “A third, small Ziploc baggie contained 5 grams. All three containers field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine and were located in the same lockbox as $1734.00 dollars in cash.”
Police also found several loaded and used syringes inside Langley’s bedroom as well as in a bathroom at the home, the affidavit states.
Langley is currently scheduled to appear June 17 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the allegations against him.