Police & Fire

Police nab $66K cash in traffic stop

By Joel Phelps
The Arkadelphian

Clark County Prosecutor Dan Turner is seeking the state’s forfeiture of a large amount of cash seized in a drug bust on Interstate 30.

Arkansas State Police arrested Barbara Spann, 62, of Haltom City, Texas, following an Oct. 2 traffic stop near the 74 mile marker. ASP Cpl. Tim Callison seized 360 hydrocodone pills, two cell phones and $66,900 in cash during the stop. Court documents indicate that Spann, the sole occupant of the vehicle, admitted to having contraband when asked if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle.

Having alerted Callison to the contraband, a K-9 unit was used in the search, pointing Callison to “several large duffel bags” as well as the container in which the cash was found. Spann was taken into police custody and transported to the Clark County Detention Center, where she was held on a single police charge of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. She has since been released after posting bond.

The cash will remain in a state police seizure account with Centennial Bank until Circuit Judge Blake Batson determines the outcome of the state’s in rem complaint, which was filed Oct. 4.

Callison’s confiscation report has been forwarded to the state drug director’s office for assignment of a tracking number.

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