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Drug charges filed in two cases

A Van Buren County sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle and ended up arresting the driver on a felony drug charge.

About 3:15 a.m. Feb. 1, Ronald L. Hamner of Dennard was pulled over at the Clinton Post Office for having a headlight out, according to court documents. A brief search discovered a pill bottle that contained suspected methamphetamine on the driver, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The driver was taken to the Van Buren County Detention Center where a more thorough search revealed more suspected methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said.

Hamner, 56, has been charged with possession of controlled substance–methamphetamine with intent to deliver. His next court date is set for Feb. 27. He has been released on $7,500 bond.

In an unrelated arrest, Travis Whitson, 41, of Ward, Ark., was charged Feb. 1 with possession of drug paraphernalia. Whitson was being transported by deputies to the Van Buren County jail from another county because of a warrant.

When Whitson was changing into jail garb, a glass smoking device fell out of his clothing, according to court documents.

Drug Task Force agents were notified, and Whitson told them the device was used for smoking meth, the documents state.

The evidence will be submitted to the state Crime Lab for analysis, according to the report.

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