Traffic stop ends in arrest on drug charges

Police used a stun gun and a police dog to catch a man officers said was a heroin dealer.

Manwell Owens, 38, of Oxford, Mississippi, was arrested during a traffic stop Monday on Interstate 65 about a mile north of the U.S. 50 exit.

He faces a charge of dealing heroin, a Level 2 felony, after police reported finding more than 250 grams in the vehicle he was in, according to a report from state police.

Owens was a passenger in a 2015 Mazda 6 driven by Chayla Carr, 38, of Louisville, Kentucky. She also faces a charge of dealing heroin.

The events leading to the arrests began around 2:15 p.m. Monday when Trooper Randel Miller said he saw a car traveling too closely to another vehicle near the 51-mile marker and stopped the Mazda at the weight scales.

Miller reported he noticed suspicious activity that led him to believe there might be drugs in the vehicle. He then requested assistance from Trooper Stephen Wheeles and his K-9 partner.

When the dog arrived, it alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, police said. Shortly thereafter, the passenger ran a couple of hundred yards into a field while Miller put handcuffs on Carr.

Wheeles and the dog chased the man, and Wheeles said he used his stun gun because the man would not surrender.

During a search, police reported they found a loaded handgun on Owens and heroin in the vehicle.

Owens also faces charges of resisting law enforcement by fleeing on foot and possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon, a Level 4 felony.

He was checked for injury on the scene by Jackson County EMS and then taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

While being booked into the jail, a search turned up marijuana. Owens now faces an additional Level 5 felony charge of trafficking with an inmate, according to Jackson County Jail Commander Charlie Murphy.

Both Owens and Carr were being held without bond Tuesday.