Two Fulton County men face a variety of drug and possession of explosives charges after law enforcement officials allegedly found methamphetamine, components of a methamphetamine lab, a pipe bomb and bomb-making materials in a truck April 12 at the post office in Mammoth Spring.
The driver of the truck, Morris Allen Jones, 27, of Mammoth Spring has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use, a class C felony; and criminal possession of explosives, a class B felony.
Jones' passenger, Thomas Bundy Noakes, 29, of Mammoth Spring has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class Y felony with an enhancement for distribution near certain facilities; possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, a class C felony; criminal possession of explosives, a class B felony; and introducing prohibited articles, a class C felony.
According to an affidavit released by the prosecuting attorney's office, Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis noticed a suspicious truck and its occupants at the post office.
Davis said he recognized Jones and knew he had a warrant out for his arrest. Davis, Mammoth Spring officer Jamie Trunbough and his K-9 searched the truck. The dog alerted the officers to the presence of drugs and 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell was summoned to the scene.
Law enforcement officials allegedly found components of a methamphetamine lab, a pipe bomb and other bomb making materials. The Arkansas State Bomb Squad was brought in to secure the pipe bomb and other bomb-making materials.
Officials at the Fulton County jail said a baggie containing methamphetamine was found on Noakes when he was interrogated after the seizure.
Jones is facing prior drug charges in Missouri and Noakes is facing previous drug-related charges, after law enforcement officials conducted a raid on his residence March 11.
Martz said ATF agents searched Noakes' home after his recent arrest and further federal charges may be filed against him.
Bond for Jones and Noakes was set at $250,000. They will be arraigned April 20 in district court.