Officers executing a routine traffic stop April 12 at the Mammoth Spring Post Office found a live pipe bomb and components of a methamphetamine lab in the back of a truck, according to a press release from the prosecuting attorney's office.
The driver of the truck, Morris Allen Jones, 26, of Mammoth Spring and his passenger, Thomas Bundy Noakes, 29, also of Mammoth Spring were taken into custody by the Fulton County Sheriff's Department. They face a variety of charges.
Mammoth Spring Chief of Police Mike Davis said he noticed the truck and the two men at the post office and performed a routine check on the license plate. Davis said the computer check revealed Jones had a felony warrant out for his arrest in Oregon County.
Davis, Mammoth Spring police officer Jamie Turnbough and his K-9 dog searched the truck and its occupants. The dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs. Fulton County Deputy Carroll Traw and 16th Judicial Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell were called to the scene, Davis said.
Russell said officers found a pipe bomb and called for assistance from the Arkansas State Police Bomb Squad. The bomb squad determined it was a live bomb and defused it, he said.
Traffic on Highway 9 was closed while the bomb was being disassembled.
Besides the bomb, officers found components used in the manufacture of pipe bombs, components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, quantities of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia, according to authorities.
Jones is being charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use, and possession of an incendiary device.
Jones will be extradited to Oregon County at a later date, where he will face felony drug charges.
Noakes is being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, and possession of an incendiary device.
Noakes was out on bond from a previous methamphetamine lab bust near Mammoth Spring.
Russell said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been notified and is investigating the incident. He said additional federal charges may be brought against the two men.
Earl Glen Carroll Jr., 37, of Mammoth Spring, was sentenced to six years in prison April 1 for a variety of drug-related offenses by Fulton County Circuit Judge Tim Weaver.
Carroll was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia, a class C felony; possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony; and endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor.
On Jan. 17 officers from the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force raided Carroll's residence in Mammoth Spring, said Task Force Chief Scott Russell.
Inside the house officers found components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana.
Russell said a minor child was living at the residence.
Carroll's sentence was determined after he made a plea bargain with 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden.
Christopher Patterson, 20, of Horseshoe Bend was charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of an instrument of crime, after Horseshoe Bend Police Sgt. Carl Boles investigated a residence in Horseshoe Bend April 11.
Boles said he received information that Patterson was hiding drugs at the residence. He said he was given permission to search the home and he found suspected marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
Patterson was not in the house when the search was conducted.
Boles said after the search he found Patterson driving north on Horseshoe Bend Drive. Boles and Horseshoe Bend Police Officer Mark Long took Patterson into custody.
Officers said they found partially smoked marijuana cigarettes in Patterson's possession.
Patterson's bond was set at $1,660. He posted bond the same day. Patterson is scheduled to appear in city court on May 11.