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Viola men charged with drug possession

Thursday, August 5, 2004

Staff Writer

A traffic stop July 31 south of Viola led to the arrest of two Salem men for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Benny W. Monk, 26, and John A. Rutherford, 32, have been charged with possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class D felony.

Sixteenth Judicial District Drug Task Force officer Brian Sanderson said two men were stopped on 223 by Arkansas State Police trooper Ronnie Stewart and Fulton County Sheriff's deputies Brad Shauffler and David Estes.

Sanderson said law enforcement officials suspected the two were involved in drug activities. He said the two men consented to a search of the vehicle and a search at the men's house.

Officers found several items that are commonly used in the manufacture and use of methamphetamine, but there was nothing criminal about possessing the items.

During the search officers the men informed officers that components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine could be found at a residence on Byron Road.

Sanderson said officers proceeded to the residence on Byron Road. Sanderson said as law enforcement officials arrived at the residence, Rutherford and Monk came out of a shop building located on the property.

After a brief conversation with officers, the owner of the house consented to a search of his home and shop building. In the shop building officers found a box containing a large quantity of Sudafed 24-hour cold medicine and blister packs of 240mg pseudoephedrine cold medicine, Sanderson said.

Sanderson said several of the blister packs were empty. He said he asked the home owner why he had an illegal quantity of cold medicine in his shop and where the missing pills were located.

The home owner said the missing pills were located in a flashlight tube. He said the pills belonged to Rutherford and Monk, who intended to manufacture methamphetamine with the pills, Sanderson said.

Rutherford and Monk were arrested and taken to the Fulton County jail.

Bond for Rutherford and Monk was set at $25,000 apiece. Rutherford and Monk posted bond the same day. Their court dates are slated for Aug. 2.

According to the Fulton County Sheriff's office, Rutherford is on parole from Texas.

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