Traffic stop leads to felony drug charges

Cody William Schattilly (Submitted photo)
Cody William Schattilly (Submitted photo)

A traffic stop by Hot Springs police late Sunday resulted in a local man's arrest by drug task force agents after the man reportedly revealed he had multiple bags of marijuana in his vehicle.

Cody William Schattilly, 29, who lists a Leonard Street address, was taken into custody shortly before 9:30 p.m. and charged with felony counts of possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, each punishable by up to six years in prison, and had two misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear.

Schattilly, who was also cited for having fictitious tags, was released Monday on a $7,000 bond and is set to appear March 1 in Garland County District Court. According to court records, he previously pleaded guilty in 2014 to felony theft by receiving and was sentenced to three years' supervised probation, which was revoked and extended twice, and then revoked a third time on Aug. 14, 2018. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

According to the probable cause affidavit on Sunday's arrest, shortly after 9 p.m., HSPD Officer Ryan Hanley saw a vehicle traveling on Seventh Street with "aftermarket fog lights" and got behind it. He then ran a computer check which showed the vehicle, a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, had tags for a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer so he made a traffic stop in the 300 block of Woodlawn Avenue.

He made contact with the driver, identified as Schattilly, and while talking to him he reportedly noted an odor of marijuana emanating from the car and could see a clear baggie with suspected marijuana "in plain view" on the center console.

At that point, Schattilly reportedly removed multiple baggies of marijuana from inside the console and "tossed them into the passenger seat" along with a set of digital scales.

The five bags each had several grams of marijuana for a total of 25.9 grams. A computer check also revealed the warrants for Schattilly's arrest so he was taken into custody and taken to the detention center.

Once there, agents with the 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force were notified and responded to the jail where they took over the investigation and filed the felony charges against him.

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