Tip leads to meth seizure, two arrests

By Ray King

A Little Rock couple were arrested Thursday after large quantities of suspected methamphetamine was found In a vehicle they were in.

Douglas Barrow, 51, and Jessica Barrow, 35, were taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies and investigators received a tip that a large amount of methamphetamine was being brought into Pine Bluff from Texas by the Barrow’s who were driving a grey Nissan Versa. A check of vehicle registrations showed a grey Nissan Versa registered to Jessica Barrow.

Another tip said the vehicle was coming in on U.S. 270 and investigators set up surveillance on the highway. About 8:10 p.m., Capt. Yohance Brunson saw a grey Nissan Versa at the Snack and Shop on U.S. 270 that was apparently occupied by three females. Investigators conducted surveillance on the vehicle and followed it through the area.

Investigator Cody Musselwhite reported that after seeing the vehicle cross the center line, Sgt. Courtney Kelly conducted a traffic stop. Jessica Barrow was driving, and Douglas Barrow was in the passenger seat.

Kelly’s K-9 partner Soder conducted an air sniff of the vehicle and immediately alerted on the passenger side door. During a search, investigators found two baggies of suspected methamphetamine weighing 2.65 grams when they searched Douglas Barrow and he told them he had about an ounce of methamphetamine in a bag in the back seat. That bag contained a set of scales, a glass pipe 23.8 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

During the court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Jay Girald said investigators found three aluminum cans with false bottoms, what Girard called “stash cans” which contained a total of 56 individual baggies of suspected methamphetamine weighing a total of 240 grams.

On Friday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set bonds of $25,000 each for Douglas and Jessica Barrow after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent them,