Miller County Makes Drug Arrests from Overnight Traffic Stops

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The Miller County Sherrif’s Department is reporting a couple of overnight arrests that resulted from traffic stops. Christopher Orand, and Howard Nielson are both in the Miller County Detention Center awaiting arraignment.

Press Release:

On August 15, 2019 at approximately 12:19am while on routine patrol, Miller County Deputy Stephen Rhyne conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 Toyota Pickup just off of Hwy. 237 in Miller County for a moving violation. The driver, identified as Christopher Orand, W/M 38 of Texarkana, Arkansas consented to a search which revealed approximately 1.1grams of suspected Methamphetamine on his person. Mr. Orand was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony) and was transported and booked into the Miller County Detention Center where he is being held pending arraignment on that charge.

Christopher Orand, 38

At approximately 4:07am, Deputy Rhyne conducted another traffic stop on a 2013 Toyota Camry just off South State Line Avenue for a traffic violation. The driver, identified as Howard Nielson, W/M 56 of Bowie County Texas was found to be in possession of approximately 4.4grams of suspected Methamphetamine. The suspected narcotics were found on his person, and in a box inside the vehicle. In addition to the suspected methamphetamine, a small amount of suspected Marijuana was also located inside the vehicle. Mr. Nielson was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony), and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor) and was transported and booked into the Miller County Detention Center where he is being held pending arraignment on those charges.

Howard Nielson, 56

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