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Attorney General Griffin Announces Arrest of Little Rock Man on Child Pornography, Drug and Gun Charges

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Attorney General Tim Griffin today issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Patrick J. Pettit, 34, of Little Rock on 32 counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and three other felony charges:

“This arrest stemmed from a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Special agents from my office’s Special Investigations Division executed a search warrant at Mr. Pettit’s Little Rock home on April 3. While at Pettit’s home, agents discovered psilocybin, also known as ‘hallucinogenic mushrooms,’ and several weapons. Our agents contacted the Little Rock Police Department, who arrested Pettit on three additional felony charges related to the drugs and weapons.”

“I am grateful for the diligence of my office’s special agents, who are part of the Arkansas ICAC Task Force, and the assistance of LRPD. It takes a team effort to protect our most vulnerable from exploitation.”

In addition to the child pornography charges (Class C Felony), Pettit was charged with trafficking a controlled substance (Class Y Felony), simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms (Class Y Felony), and maintaining a drug premises (Class B Felony). He was booked on April 3 into the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center, where he is currently being held without bond.

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