Three arrested for drugs in Izard

Friday, May 24, 2002

A search and seizure of illegal drugs conducted by law enforcement officers and agents of the 14th and 16th Judicial Drug Task Force resulted in the arrest of an Izard County woman May 14. Horseshoe Bend officers stopped Sherrie Kirkhart in Horseshoe Bend as officers conducted a surveillance of her and Michael Kirkhart's residence at 120 Honeysuckle Lane in Franklin.A large amount of suspected methamphetamine was found in Kirkhart's possession. While officers were questioning Kirkhart, agents were conducting a search at the residence and discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia.An undisclosed amount of United States currency was seized for possible forfeiture. The estimated street value of the drugs confiscated is $4,500.Both Kirkharts and another suspect were interviewed by officers at the Horseshoe Bend Police Department.Ms. Kirkhart was arrested and transported to the Horseshoe Bend city jail after she admitted the drugs belonged to her and she took full responsibility for the operation, said Scott Russell, chief investigator of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.Russell said an ounce and one-half of methamphetamine and about four ounces of marijuana were seized.Kirkhart was released the following day after she paid her bond in the amount of $5,000, said Horseshoe Bend Police Chief Fred Mitchell. Kirkhart has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine with the intent to deliver; possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with the intent to deliver; and possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use. Mitchell said Kirkhart is scheduled to appear in Izard Circuit Court May 29."Our guys put a lot of hard work and time in this investigation," Russell said. The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Marion, Izard and Fulton County sheriffs' departments, Arkansas State Police, Horseshoe Bend Police Department, and agents of the 14th and 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.Russell reported the investigation is continuing and more charges are expected to be filed against additional suspects.

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