An Arkansas man with an out-of-state warrant, who was allegedly found to be in possession of approximately 3 grams of methamphetamine, was arrested Monday night by the K-9 unit with the Audrain County Sheriff's Office.
Travis Duane Butcher, 42, was stopped in the 9000 block of Missouri Highway 19 due to a faulty rear license plate lamp. Butcher told Cpl. Derek Chism that he didn't know the light was out and that the vehicle belonged to his mother, which had an Indiana registration. He was driving under an Arkansas drivers license, however, with a residence of Harrisburg, according to a probable cause statement.
The deputy learned Butcher had a July 7 no-bond arrest warrant from Vermillion County, Indiana, for an escape probation violation and assault. Butcher reportedly told Chism he had been on the run for a few months due to the outstanding warrants, which is why he had not returned to Indiana.
He also was allegedly found to be in possession of meth. Chism asked Butcher if he had anything illegal on him, to which Butcher reportedly replied that he had "dope" in his pocket. He later identified the substance as "ice." Chism reportedly found a white, crystallized substance in one of Butcher's front pockets weighing 2.8 grams.
He was taken to the Audrain County Jail where he remains in custody without bond. Butcher was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and also is awaiting extradition on the out-of-state no bond arrest warrant.