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Student arrested in possession of cocaine faces felony charges

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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:55 pm

Jonesboro police officers arrested a woman who said 22 grams of cocaine found in her possession was from an A-State football player. However, she wouldn’t release the player’s name.

According to a Jonesboro Police Department incident report, officers pulled over Jodie Gibson, 21, on April 20 at around 2 a.m. on Main Street and Johnson Avenue for improper tint on her car windows.

When officers asked Gibson if she had anything illegal in the car, Gibson initially denied having any illegal products, and declined a search of her vehicle.

JPD Officers Brandon Butler and Weston Gates noted Gibson’s nervous behavior in their individual incident reports. Gates observed Gibson hastily hiding several things under the driver seat of her car while the traffic stop was initiated.

Gibson then called Butler back to her car, and confessed to possessing a small amount of marijuana. Gibson’s admission gave officers probable cause to search her vehicle, where they discovered 22 grams of cocaine in a container under the driver’s seat.

Officer Bryan Davis read Gibson her Miranda rights, after which she confessed that the cocaine belonged to a football player on the A-State team, though she refused to give officers a name. Gibson elaborated to Butler that the cocaine did not belong to her, insisting instead that she was “holding it for another individual.”

Gibson was charged with felony possession of cocaine with purpose to deliver, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor for an improper tint.

An unnamed A-State football player spoke with The Herald on Friday, confirming reports that the team was subject to drug testing after Gibson’s arrest.

The same player, however, was adamant that there was no indication that the unannounced drug testing was connected to Gibson’s arrest.

Gibson, a former A-State rugby player and according to her Facebook page, a finance student who works at the university, was released from Craighead County Detention later that day on a $1,500 bond.

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