Woman Arrested for Robbery … Caught with Drugs During Booking Process

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A Rogers woman is caught with drugs while getting booked for felony aggravated robbery into the Benton County jail Thursday, January 24, according to a court affidavit. 

Darla Christine Ferguson, 31, from Rogers, was getting patted down at the jail when a deputy found, “a white crystal substance in her bra area,” the report states.

This led to additional charges for felony drug possession and furnishing prohibited articles.  

The robbery charge stems from a November 11, 2018, incident where Rogers police responded to a shooting at 903 W Walnut Street — near McDonalds. 

Three people, later identified at Ferguson, Spencer King and Charles “CJ” Rogers, entered the fast-food restaurant and asked employees to call police because two of them had gunshot wounds.  The two men were transported to hospitals and Ferguson was taken to the Rogers police department to be interviewed.

Ferguson told police that they met with Devon Russell, 24, from Rogers, who owed them money from a previous drug transaction.  She said their plan was to tell Russell that they were going to sell him drugs — fake drugs, but it was really a ploy to rob him. During the transaction, Russell fired a weapon hitting the two men.

In a later interview investigators located Russell.  He told police he was robbed of $230 by King and Rogers.  Russell also said that “he was tired of CJ making his life difficult and decided to shoot at him,” according to a police statement.  Devon also told police the “drug deal” was set up between him and Ferguson via snapchat, according to the affidavit. 

Currently, Ferguson is held on:

  • Aggravated Robbery (F),  $75,000 bond
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, $5,000 bond
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance, $1,500 bond
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence (F)
  • Furnishing Prohibited Articles (F)

Her court date is March 4, 2019.

Ferguson’s past criminal history includes disorderly conduct, domestic battery, possession of controlled substance (meth), and felony drug paraphernalia possession. 

Earlier this month, January 14, Russell pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree battery in connection with the McDonald’s shooting.  He’s being held in the Benton County Jail on $250,000.

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