Police make weapons, drug bust

Staff Writer


A Batesville man is facing serious charges after officers discovered drugs and several weapons during a recent traffic stop on Sunset Drive.

Police arrested a man Grenada Police Chief Garrett Hartley identified as Matt Thornton, 32, of Batesville and charged him with possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a controlled substance (meth).

According to GPD’s incident report, as officer Jeff Wilson was patrolling Sunset Drive, he noticed a White pickup truck weaving on the outside line.

The report states that Wilson initiated the stop at Sunset Drive and Pine Hill Street and pulled behind the truck, which stopped at the old car wash site.

“I made contact with the driver, and he identified himself,” Wilson said in the report. “The driver’s eyes were glossy, and he was very nervous.”

The report identified the driver as Thornton.
Wilson said in the report that while speaking with Thornton, he noticed an SKS rifle beside his right leg.

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