An Arkansas man and his passenger were arrested by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) trooper after they were found to be in possession of a stolen gun allegedly believed to be involved in a murder, along with marijuana in the trunk of their car during a traffic stop on Interstate 40.
Chester Lee Smith, III, 23, of Little Rock, Ark. was formally charged on May 15 with unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute, knowingly concealing stolen property, possess firearm during commission of felony, transporting a loaded firearm in motor vehicle and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He received a $5,000 bond and is now scheduled for the June 14 felony disposition docket.
Also arrested on the same charges was Kennedy Nicole Cooney, 18, of Sherwood, Ark. She received a $25,000 bond and is scheduled for the June 28 felony disposition docket.
OHP Trooper Sheldon Dobbs reported that on May 9 around 4:15 p.m., he initiated a traffic stop on I-40 on a Ford Mustang after clocking the vehicle doing 85 MPH in a 70 MPH zone.
The trooper advised the driver, Smith, of the violation and noted in his report that he smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the car, and asked Smith to step back to his patrol unit to speak with him.
When asked about where he was traveling, Smith told Dobbs he was traveling back to Fayetteville, Ark. from Austin, Tex. after visiting friends. After issuing him a warning for the speeding violation, Dobbs asked Smith if he had any marijuana in his vehicle and he said no. When the trooper told him he could smell it coming from the car, Smith once again