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Mammoth, Melbourne men arrested for drugs

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Staff Writer

Jason Meredith, 29, of Thayer was arrested April 20 after law enforcement officials allegedly found methamphetamine lab components in his truck near Mammoth Spring.

Meredith has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony.

According to an affidavit released by the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis observed Meredith at the State Line gas station and realized he had a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon County.

Davis said he stopped Meredith and noticed a gallon container of camping fuel and a gallon container marked "acetone" in the back of his truck. Davis said he knows these items are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Davis called 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell to the scene.

Russell said Meredith admitted the acetone, camping fuel and other items in the cab of the truck were used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Russell and Davis searched the truck and found a container of Red Devil Lye, a soda bottle with a clear liquid that had ph value of 1, indicating it was a strong acid, another bottle with a clear liquid substance with a ph value of 7, indicating it was a base, a wooden spoon, clear plastic tube and other items.

Russell arrested Meredith and transported him to the Fulton County jail. A hazardous materials team from Little Rock took possession of the materials found in the truck.

Meredith's bond was set at $30,000 in Fulton County and $2,500 in Oregon County. Meredith posted both bonds on April 22. His court date in Fulton County is May 10.An eight-month undercover investigation led to the April 23 arrest of Calvin D. Wilson of Melbourne.

Wilson has been charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance -- marijuana; possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sixteenth Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell said Wilson had sold marijuana to undercover agents three times in the last few months. Russell said officers from the Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police, an officer from the Arkansas Department of Probation and the Izard County Sheriff's Department found marijuana, marijuana cigarettes, rolling papers, scales and a large amount of U.S. currency in Wilson's residence. A notebook with entries consistent with a pay-owe sheet were also found by officers, he said.

Wilson is on probation for other drug related offenses.

Bond for Wilson has been set at $30,000. Wilson is currently incarcerated at the Izard County jail.



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