William Smallwood Jr. faces drug charges in Clark County.
A Nevada County man faces felony charges of marijuana possession after authorities in Gurdon say they found a third of a pound in his car during a traffic stop.
William Smallwood Jr., 30, of 430 W. Elm St., Prescott, was released from Clark County custody on March 5 on a $20,000 bond. This week, Prosecuting Attorney Blake Batson charged Smallwood with possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver.
According to an affidavit filed by the Gurdon Marshal's Office, deputy marshal Chris Russell conducted a traffic stop on Smallwood's car on March 3 after receiving reports of a reckless driver on Highway 67. After observing Smallwood cross the center line twice near Gurdon High School, the stop was initiated at the city's municipal park.
Smallwood reportedly stepped out of his vehicle and approached Russell's patrol car, but was told to return to his own vehicle. According to the affidavit, Russell smelled burnt marijuana after walking to Smallwood's car, where he spotted a set of scales on the front passenger seat. The affidavit notes that Smallwood admitted to having smoked marijuana prior to the traffic stop.
After being taken into police custody, Smallwood told Russell he had marijuana in a backpack inside the trunk of the car. Three jars of marijuana weighing a total of 5.6 ounces were located in that backpack, according to the affidavit. Smallwood was then transported to the Clark County Detention Center.
He is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, also a felony.