Two traffic stops end in drug arrests

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Two traffic stops resulted in two drug arrests early Thursday for a Miller County deputy.

At approximately 12:19 a.m. while on routine patrol, Miller County Deputy Stephen Rhyne conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 Toyota Pickup just off of Hwy. 237 in Miller County for a moving violation. The driver, identified as Christopher Orand, 38 of Texarkana, Arkansas, consented to a search which revealed approximately 1.1 grams of suspected Methamphetamine on his person. Mr. Orand was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony) and was transported and booked into the Miller County Detention Center where he is being held pending arraignment on that charge.

At approximately 4:07 a.m., Deputy Rhyne conducted another traffic stop on a 2013 Toyota Camry just off South State Line Avenue for a traffic violation. The driver, identified as Howard Nielson, 56 of Bowie County Texas, was found to be in possession of approximately 4.4 grams of suspected Methamphetamine. The suspected narcotics were found on his person, and in a box inside the vehicle. In addition to the suspected methamphetamine, a small amount of suspected Marijuana was also located inside the vehicle. Mr. Nielson was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony), and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor) and was transported and booked into the Miller County Detention Center where he is being held pending arraignment on those charges.

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