Woman arrested in stolen car hid meth in seat of her pants

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A woman arrested last month in a car that had been reported stolen allegedly handed over a bag of methamphetamine to deputies at the Miller County jail.

Celeste Nichole Acord, 30, of Ratcliff, Ark., allegedly denied she had anything illegal in her possession when she was taken to the Miller County jail after being arrested for theft. But when in the jail’s sally port, Acord allegedly pulled a small bag of meth from her “buttocks area,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Acord was driving a green 1994 Chevy Camaro with no license plate when she was pulled over by Miller County sheriff’s deputies shortly after midnight June 19 as she traveled along Highway 71 south near Carpenter Road. Acord told a deputy she had just bought the car and hadn’t had time to register it or acquire insurance.

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Acord’s passenger, Terry Wayne Bohanan, 28, allegedly gave a second deputy a completely different story about how the Camaro came to be in he and Acord’s possession. Bohanan allegedly said at first that the car belonged to Acord but later claimed he had borrowed it from a friend named “Jimmie” several days before.

Bohanan allegedly told the deputy he had been unable to return the car because it had mechanical issues. The car had been reported stolen in Little River County, Ark.

Miller County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Cotten signed off on formal charges of theft by receiving and possession of methamphetamine earlier this week against Acord. She faces up to six years and a fine up to $10,000 on each count.

Bohanan has not been formally charged. However, he remains in the Miller County jail on an arrest warrant charging theft by receiving. At his initial court appearance June 20, bail was set at $10,000.

Acord appeared before a Miller County judge the same day. Her bail was set at $15,000. She remains in the Miller County jail. Both Acord and Bohanan are scheduled to return to court July 12.

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