Man tries to retrieve wallet from impounded vehicle, gets arrested for drugs

A Gassville man's effort to retrieve his wallet from an impounded vehicle led to his arrest on three felony charges.

According to a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, Michael John McHugh, 44, was arrested Tuesday morning after investigators were called to a local towing company's facility.

Montgomery said the the towing company owner told Investigators that McHugh was at the facility to retrieve a wallet from inside a vehicle that had previously been impounded. When retrieving the wallet from the vehicle, the tow company owner observed what he believed to be a controlled substance and notified Investigators.

Upon arrival, investigators learned McHugh is a probationer with Arkansas Community Corrections, with an accompanying search waiver on file. The wallet was searched by investigators, who allegedly found approximately 1 gram of marijuana and a small amount of a grey powder substance that tested positive for Fentanyl.

Montgomery said investigators also conducted a search of McHugh, allegedly locating 36 prescription pills of various kinds and a smoking pipe. The pipe contained residue of both marijuana and Fentanyl. All items of contraband were seized and taken into evidence.

McHugh faces felony charges of Possession Schedule II Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver and a felony probation violation. McHugh also garnered a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bond for McHugh was set at $25,000 for the charges, but Montgomery said the man will be held without bond for the probation violation.

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