During a routine traffic stop that turned into a drug raid, Maumelle police found the drug nicknamed “Sherm” one of the most dangerous drugs around along with numerous cocaine bags and marijuana.
Sherm, a marijuana cigarette dipped in ormaldehyde or PCP, is one of the oldest extreme drugs and can cause issues for law enforcement officers as users have been known to gain strength from its use.
Health officials warn the drug’s impact can vary from person to person and while it might cause one person to have extraordinary strength, the fall once the drug wear off can be just as devastating to the health of the individual.
Lt. Dustin Ivey said Arthur Dinty Ranney, III, 44, of Maumelle was arrested and charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia after Officer Justin Woods saw a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix exit from Bay Pointe Apartments and turn onto Valencia Drive traveling at a slow speed on the wrong side of the road.
When he initiated a traffic stop the vehicle turned into the Millwood Landing Apartments parking lot and continued 100 yards before stopping.
Woods said the driver, Brian Perry became upset and tensed up with a big sigh so he “grabbed Perry and escorted him to the hood of my patrol vehicle.”
He said Perry told him “He did not want to fight officers and he stated that if I let him off of the hood he would calm down.”
After placing him on the ground, Woods said Perry couldn’t answer most questions and when he did his words were “slurred and mumbled.”
Officer Chase Campbell assisted in searching the vehicle and said he found two packages of rolling papers in the center console. He also found two clear baggies in Perry’s wallet; one containing a white powder they suspected was cocaine.
At police headquarters the white substance tested positive for cocaine, police said.
Ranney was a passenger in the vehicle and acted nervous around officers, had trouble speaking and when he did his words were also slurred. A baggie was found in the back of a seat in front of where Ranney was sitting with a white powdered substance in it.
Officers said the floor of the vehicle had marijuana seeds and stems visible in the floorboard.
Campbell said while searching a female passenger, Natasha Tremain he found two used syringes and an electronic set of scales with white residue on it in her purse. Another plastic baggies with a white powder substance was found underneath the front passenger seat and a female officer searching Tremain found a PCP dipped, hand-rolled cigarette or “Sherm” in her front pants pocket along with a glass smoking pipe.
Campbell said Perry was arrested and charged with felony possession of a schedule II narcotic, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia as well as careless and prohibited driving.
Tremain was arrested and charged with three counts of felony possession of drug paraphernalia and felony possession of a schedule I narcotic.