A traffic stop in Columbia County has led to a federal drug charge against a suspect.
Jarred Chaiston McDaniel, 32, is accused of possessing almost four pounds of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
According to an affidavit filed with U.S. District Court in El Dorado by FBI agent Micah Sexson, McDaniel was arrested Monday, June 3 by an Arkansas State Trooper during a traffic stop.
The affidavit said that at 5:56 p.m. on June 3, FBI Task Force Officer Michael Caldwell was conducting surveillance in the parking lot of a TEXarkana hospital. Caldwell saw McDaniel in the driver’s seat of a Toyota CHR. Caldwell saw Ashley Martin get into passenger’s side of the car.
The affidavit said that based on previous investigations, Caldwell was aware that McDaniel did not have a valid driver's license, and that there was an outstanding felony warrant for Martin’s arrest in Columbia County.
Thirteenth Judicial District Drug Task Force Investigator Johnny Hayes and FBI Special Agent Robert Coleman, in separate vehicles, trailed McDaniel after he left the parking lot.
At approximately 7:14 p.m., Arkansas State Police Trooper Brent Walker initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle on U.S. 82 near Columbia Road 150. The affidavit said Walker made the stop upon observing the vehicle traveling at a low rate of speed, and after being informed by Caldwell that McDaniel did not have a valid driver's license, and that the vehicle's passenger. Walker was also told that Martin was the subject of an outstanding felony absconder warrant out of Columbia County.
The affidavit said Walker smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. A search located a shoe box in the trunk with two separate clear plastic bags containing what Walker believed to be methamphetamine.
More searching revealed a glass bottle containing liquid what appeared to be possible liquid THC.
McDaniel was taken into custody for possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, along with various traffic offenses.
Following the traffic stop, Caldwell conducted a field test of the contents of the two clear plastic bags. They tested positive for meth. The bags found in the shoebox contained about 3.62 pounds of methamphetamine.
McDaniel had his first court appearance on the federal charge on Wednesday, June 5.
He is being held pending further legal proceedings.
McDaniel has been arrested in Columbia County on several occasions and has listed Ruston, LA, and Dallas among his homes.