VAN BUREN - Arkansas State Police troopers arrested Johnson County Sheriff Jimmy Stephens Saturday on complaints of illegal possession of guns and drugs in Crawford County during a traffic stop, according to reports.
Stephens was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center. An Arkansas State Police spokesman confirmed the arrest. An online jail blotter Sunday morning did not show Stephens was in the jail.
Bill Sadler, Arkansas State Police spokesman stated, "Arkansas State Police conducted a traffic stop earlier today and arrested Sheriff Stephens on charges of simultaneous possession of firearms and drugs." No further details were immediately available.
Stephens, a Republican, was elected as sheriff in 2019 and reelected in May with 62% of the vote over Republican Charles "Buddy" Beaver who had 38% of the vote.
Johnson County is located about 40 miles northeast of Fort Smith in the Arkansas River Valley. The county seat is Clarksville. The population is 25,000, and the county covers 683 square miles. Crawford County, that borders Sebastian County on the north side of the Arkansas River, is about 50 miles west of Clarksville. The Arkansas State Police have not released the location of Stephens' arrest Saturday.
This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Arkansas sheriff arrested on gun, drugs charges