Deputy’s 3 a.m. traffic stop leads to two warrant arrests, plus meth, drug paraphernalia


Toby Charles Hudson, 21, of Gainesville, was scheduled to appear before Associate Circuit Judge Raymond Gross Tuesday for a bond-reduction hearing in a case in which he’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Hudson was arrested Aug. 11 and held on a $1,500 cash-only bond. The class D felony could carry a sentence of up to four years in prison if Hudson is convicted.

According to the probable cause statement prepared by Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Seth Miller, the officer initiated a traffic stop on Hudson’s vehicle at 2:53 a.m. July 4 after observing that the vehicle had no tags and after the driver reportedly failed to use his turn signal when turning onto Cedar Oak Drive. Miller wrote in the report that he’d been informed by a dispatcher earlier that night that Toby Hudson had an active warrant in a felony case in Ozark County. Hudson was to be held without bond on the warrant.

Miller identified Toby Hudson as the passenger and the driver as Robert Hudson and reportedly asked Robert Hudson if there was anything in the vehicle he should know about. The driver told the officer no, the report says. 

Miller then asked if he could search the vehicle, and Robert reportedly agreed. Toby then reportedly interjected and “said that anything we would find would be in a bag in the front seat, and it was his [Toby’s],” Miller wrote in his report. 

Miller contacted the Ozark County Sheriff’s dispatcher, who told Miller that Robert Hudson also had an active felony warrant from Ozark County and was also to be held without bond. 

Miller arrested both Hudsons and transported them to the sheriff’s office in connection with the active warrants. 

At the sheriff’s office, Miller reportedly searched the bag Toby had retrieved from the car. Inside it, the officer found three syringes, a straw, a scale and a small bag of a white crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. 

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