POPLAR BLUFF - A New Madrid teen-ager may face felony drug charges after he was allegedly found in possession of 22 rocks of crack cocaine.
Marcus Darnell McFarland, 19, was arrested at 12:24 a.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Alice Street on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
According to Poplar Bluff Police Patrolman Corey Mitchell's report, he received information that McFarland was allegedly "selling crack up in the 900 block of Alice Street."
When Mitchell responded to the Weed & Seed targeted area, he said, he saw two males walking in the 900 block of Alice Street.
One was McFarland, who Mitchell reportedly made contact with. During a pat down of McFarland's person for officer safety, Mitchell said, he found probable cause to believe that "he was in possession of acontrolled substance."
McFarland was transported to the station at that time.
In the holding cell area McFarland allegedly removed a bag, which was hidden on his person, and "attempted to place the plastic bag and its contents, crack cocaine rocks, into his mouth," Mitchell said. "Officer (Jerry) Keirsey and myself then had to wrestle the plastic bag away from him."
In the bag was 22 rocks of suspected crack cocaine individually packaged for sell, Mitchell said.
The contraband was seized and will be sent to the SEMO Regional Crime Lab for analysis.
McFarland was booked at the Butler County jail and released pending submission of the report.
This incident took place in the Weed & Seed targeted area, said Poplar Bluff Detective Kevin Elledge. "Numerous federal cases have been adopted (from that area) and this could face federal prosecution," he said.