Police arrest man, confiscate drugs on Fayetteville High School campus

Tyler Adams

Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s office

Police arrested a man who they say was carrying narcotic pills on the Fayetteville High School campus shortly after noon on Monday.

Tyler Adams, 20, of 2706 Colton Drive in Springdale, faces felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver.

According to a preliminary police report, officers approached Adams and another person after they were seen sitting on the grass with a pitbull dog outside the school’s football field house.

“Due to the fact it is illegal to have dogs on school property and the subjects did not appear to be current students, we decided to check their ID,” wrote Cpl. Anthony Smith in the report.

A warrants check indicated Adams was wanted in Johnson for alleged charges of felony fleeing and obstructing police. Following Adams’ arrest, police said they found eight yellow pills believed to be Diazepam, a generic form of Valium.

According to the report, Adams told police “a drunk person” gave him the pills to sell.

The other person with Adams was not arrested but was identified in the police report as a registered sex offender.

According to the Arkansas Crime Information Center, all state registered sex offenders are required to submit to assessment by the Sex Offender Screening & Risk Assessment Program coordinated by the Arkansas Department of Correction. Each offender is assigned a risk level – from 1 to 4 – based on the results of the assessment.

State law prohibits level 3 or level 4 offenders from knowingly enter a public school campus.

Police Sgt. Craig Stout said although the unnamed person was registered as a sex offender, the person has not yet been assigned a risk level.

“The law only allows us to arrest a level 3 or 4 which this guy may be one day, but at the moment, he is unclassified, hence no arrest,” said Stout.