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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Johnson County sheriff formally charged with Class Y and D felonies in December drug arrest

Embattled Johnson County sheriff Jimmy B Stephens was formally charged today with two felony accounts stemming from his December drug arrest in Crawford county.

Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Holmes charged Stephens today with Simultaneous Possession o Drugs and Firearms, a Class Y felony, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class D Felony. In addition, Stevens was charged with one count of misdemeanor speeding.

The charges come on the heels of the last Qurom Court meeting of the year in Johnson county where Court members voted seven to four in favor of a resolution requesting the sheriff take official leave from his position.

The Qurom Court made it clear they had no official jurisdiction to ask for Stevens to step down at that time.

After his arrest in December, sources said StePHens had been the target of an investigation in reference to corruption and illegal drug activities. Stevens was pulled over by the Arkansas State Police on behalf of the FBI and told officials he was in Crawford County to visit with his "drug informants" Stephens was originally charged with speeding, three separate counts of possession of a controlled substance and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. He was released on the day after hs December 3 arrest on a $25,000 bond.

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