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Man pleads not guilty to drug charges

A Mississippi man arrested for transporting more than 30 pounds of suspected drugs on Interstate 40 pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Mauricio Gonzales-Guadarroma, 21, of Teshumingo is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Attorney Jared Medlock entered the not guilty plea for Gonzales-Guadarroma and waived formal arraignment before Judge Gary R. Cottrell.

Gonzales-Guadarroma was arrested April 14 after Arkansas State Police Trooper Michael Bowman stopped a vehicle driven by Gonzales-Guadarroma for speeding.

Following an alert by a drug dog, Bowman found 30.8 pounds of suspected meth in compartments behind door panels, according to an arrest report.

Gonzales-Guadarroma is being held in the Crawford County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• Wayne Allen Ashby Jr., 25, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, residential burglary, theft of property, seven counts of theft of property - firearm, two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and theft by receiving - firearm. Ashby allegedly took guns and other property from a residence in the 4300 block of North Mountain Grove Road and traded guns for drugs April 11.

• Nastassja Tyann Griffith, 28, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to first-degree forgery, third offense driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to chemical test. Griffith is accused of giving police a false name April 8 following a traffic stop during which she refused to take a test after being suspected of DWI.

• Kevin Wayne Blakeley, 46, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to breaking or entering, theft of property, resisting arrest, driving while license suspended or revoked, fictitious tags and habitual offender. Blakeley allegedly fled from officers during an attempted traffic stop April 11 on Clear Creek Road.

• Harry Edward Jones, 38, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones was arrested April 9 following a search by the drug task force of his residence in the 800 block of North 24th Street after Jones allegedly sold meth to a confidential informant for the drug task force.

• Cameron Cassidy Cherry, 25, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to simultaneous possession of drug and firearms, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of a firearm and habitual offender. Cherry was arrested March 28 following a parole search of his residence.

• Ellis Lee Brisher, 48, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to commercial burglary, theft of property and habitual offender. Brisher was arrested April 5 following a shoplifting incident at Walmart where he had previously been banned.

• Jacob Alvin Henson, 18, of Cedarville pleaded not guilty to two counts of breaking or entering and three counts of theft of property. Henson allegedly pawned chainsaws taken from a shed in the 500 block of Neal Way April 7-14.

• Brandi Michelle Jones, 27, of Booneville pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Jones was arrested April 10 by a Van Buren police officer following a traffic stop for no seat belt.

• Billy Joe Beard, 39, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an April 17 petition to revoke hearing.

• Regina Joann Johnson, 37, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received July 11, 2011, for overdraft, alleging she has failed to pay restitution.

• Chad Wayne Nason, 37, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke sentences he received Jun 4, 2010, for failure to register as a sex offender and Nov. 15, 2010, for breaking or entering and theft of property, alleging he was arrested April 8 for indecent exposure.

• Henry Argus Belue, 48, of Charleston resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received June 6, 2009, for criminal mischief and failure to appear, alleging he was arrested April 2 for theft of services.

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