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Former Lonoke chief’s wife arrested on drug charges

On Jan. 27 at about 6 p.m., Austin police officer Michael Tenison made a traffic stop on a vehicle seen to be speeding. Tenison identified the driver as Kelly Campbell, 49.

A driver’s license check show the license was expired, and Campbell was shown to be on parole on a drug conviction in Lonoke County.

A sheriff’s office K-9 at the scene alerted on the vehicle, the resulting searched produced a bottle of 25 pills determined to be morphine.

Campbell was taken into custody for possession of a schedule 1 substance (felony); speeding and driving with an expired license.

Campbell was transported to the Lonoke County Detention Center; she is set to appear in Lonoke Circuit Court Jan. 31.

Campbell, and her husband, former Lonoke chief of police Jay Campbell, drew national attention in 2007 when they stood on trial for a variety of drug-related charges.

Convicted and sentenced to 20 and 40 years, respectively, Kelly Campbell was released on parole after serving three years. Jay Campbell’s convictions were later overturned, prosecutors chose not to re-file the case.

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