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Nearly $100K in cash, marijuana, recovered in drug arrests

by Steven Mross | May 23, 2023 at 4:04 a.m.
Over a pound of marijuana, almost $100,000 in cash and two firearms that were recovered during the arrests of three suspects Sunday during an investigation of a trespassing complaint are displayed. - Submitted photo

Nearly $100,000 in cash, over a pound of marijuana and two handguns were reportedly recovered Sunday during the arrests of three suspects following a complaint of trespassers at a Jay Loop residence.

Arryck Vincent Ross, 24, a probationer who lists a North Little Rock address, was taken into custody shortly before 1 p.m. and charged with felony counts of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, punishable by up to life in prison, possession of firearms by certain persons and unauthorized use of another person's property to facilitate a crime, each punishable by up to 20 years, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, punishable by up to 10 years, and a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated, drugs, and having fictitious tags.

Dylan Deanthony Adams, 22, who lists a Dallas address, and Jordyn Alexcis Payne, 23, who lists a Little Rock address, were also arrested and each charged with one count of possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Ross was being held on a zero bond and was set to appear Monday in Garland County District Court, while Adams and Payne were each later released on $3,500 bonds and are set to appear June 5 in district court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Garland County sheriff's Cpl. Matthew Cogburn responded to a residence in the 200 block of Jay Loop regarding alleged trespassers in a red Dodge Charger with one "trying to get in the residence."

Cogburn located the Charger "parked and running" in front of the house and made contact with the driver, identified as Ross, and immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked what was happening, Ross allegedly stated he was there with a friend "for the cleaning crew."

Cogburn noted his eyelids were "droopy" and his eyes were watery and he "seemed confused" to the point Cogburn had to repeat himself when asking him to roll down the back window to see if anyone else was in the vehicle.

Cogburn located two passengers in the back, identified as Adams and Payne, who were removed from the vehicle. He then asked Ross if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he stated there was not. Asked about marijuana usage, Ross allegedly stated he "couldn't remember when he last smoked" any.

A computer check showed both Ross and Adams were probationers out of Pulaski County with search waivers on file and Ross had a warrant out of Pulaski County, so he was taken into custody.

According to court records, Ross was convicted on June 7, 2021, in Pulaski County of felony fleeing and sentenced to four years' supervised probation. He was convicted again on Feb. 8, 2023, of possession of a firearm by certain persons, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, also in Pulaski County, and sentenced to five years' probation.

During a search of the vehicle, Cogburn allegedly found a Springfield Armory 9-mm XD handgun under the driver's seat and a small bag of marijuana in the center console. A blue bag was found on the passenger side floorboard that contained "multiple stacks of cash rubber-banded together" and a black bag containing marijuana.

Six more bags of marijuana and a second firearm, a Glock 23 .40-caliber handgun, were also located in the vehicle.

Adams and Payne were also taken into custody and deputies notified agents with the 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force and the vehicle was towed.

Once at the detention center, Ross provided a breath sample which reportedly showed his blood alcohol content was at 0.0%. Ross was asked to participate in a drug influence evaluation, but he declined and said he wanted to speak to a lawyer.

The money was counted at the detention center by DTF agents and was determined to be a total of $99,567. An additional two bags of marijuana were found in the bag of money along with cards belonging to Adams. It was noted several marijuana buds were falling out of the bags and "falling out of the cash" while it was being counted.

The marijuana was weighed and found to have a total weight of 573.4 grams, or over 1.2 pounds.

"No further information will be released at this time due to an ongoing investigation," Garland County Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Lawrence said in a news release issued Monday afternoon.

The DTF is comprised of Investigators from the Arkansas State Police, Garland County Sheriff's Office, Hot Springs Police Department, 18th East prosecuting attorney's office and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.

photo Arryck Vincent Ross - Submitted photo
photo Dylan Deanthony Adams - Submitted photo
photo Jordyn Alexcis Payne - Submitted photo

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