Cell mates charged with possessing drugs, weapon in Miller County jail

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Two men being held on unrelated charges are accused of possessing contraband in their cell at the Miller County jail.

Jail staff allegedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the cell housing Rashod O’Keith Rushing, 28, and Quintonious Lavelt Parker, 34, around 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 26, according to a probable cause affidavit. During a search of the cell, officers allegedly found drugs and other contraband behind a sound box plate.

A piece of a blue rubber glove allegedly contained a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Synthetic marijuana was allegedly found in a piece of black rubber glove. Suspected marijuana was found in a piece of white rubber glove and more suspected marijuana was allegedly discovered in a piece of a blue plastic glove. Officers also found a nail attached with string to a pencil that could have been used as a stabbing weapon. Rolling papers were allegedly seized from the cell as well.

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Rushing is being held on a charge of second-degree murder connected to a shooting Nov. 19, 2015, at Beacon Point Apartments. Rushing was allegedly inside the apartment when several men with their faces covered entered and began firing, killing one man in the apartment. Rushing allegedly chased the men outside and shot one of the attackers, who had been shot inside the apartment, as he crawled on the ground. Rushing is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing in February.

Parker is facing a long list of criminal charges stemming from multiple arrests in 2015 and 2016. Parker is accused of shooting from a moving car at a group of people June 1, 2015, and is facing four counts of aggravated assault and a charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle. He was released on a $50,000 bond.

Parker was charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana following an arrest Nov. 22, 2015, and released on a $30,000 bond. Parker was charged with additional drug crimes following an arrest Jan. 14, 2016 for simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. After posting a $100,000 bond, Parker was released but arrested again March 14, 2016. In March he was charged with six additional drug-related felonies and a misdemeanor marijuana possession and has not been released since. Parker is scheduled to appear before a judge in February.

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