Teens caught with cocaine, pot in Cassville

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Suspects being held on $50,000, cash-only bonds

Two teenagers were arrested on Friday and face multiple felonies after allegedly being caught with drugs and a firearm in a vehicle following a traffic stop in Cassville.

Trystan Merritt, 19, of Cassville, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Glenn Walton, 18, of Berryville, Ark., is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

According to probable cause statements filed by Kayla Strahley, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, officers made a traffic stop of a vehicle in the Crowder College Cassville parking lot at about 11:35 a.m. Merritt gave officers consent to search the vehicle for weapons, and while being detained, he allegedly fled on foot and eluded police. Officers later captured him and returned him to the scene.

In the vehicle, police allegedly found a gallon-size bag containing a sandwich-size bag with a white powdery substance, along with other smaller baggies filled with the same substance. A Nartec field test kit showed a positive result for cocaine.

Also found in the vehicle was a gallon-size bag allegedly containing marijuana, as well as a glass pipe, two grinders and multiple clear straws with white powdery residue.

Merritt was allegedly found in possession of a .22-caliber Mossberg rifle within arms reach in the back floorboard of the vehicle.

Merritt is on parole for similar crimes, and Walton has no criminal history.

Both are being held in the Barry County jail on cash-only bonds of $50,000. Initial appearances for both were held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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